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The Great Pretenders

What really irks me about young Republicans like Bobby Jindal (LA), David Vitter (LA), Jack Kingston (GA), Patrick McHenry (NC), and their ilk is the obvious opportunism. If the Democrats had been the ascendant party when they made the decision to pursue a career in politics, I believe they all would have been Democrats.

So give me a guy like Barney Frank who has made his career based on his genuine ability to express ideas and his belief in those ideas. I'll take him over these young Repub robots who can spout the party line on demand while pandering to the religious right and parading their families on cue for personal gain. Give me a guy like Max Cleland or Jack Murtha. Give me a gal like Lynn Woolsey. These are people who brought real life experience to Congress and not a personal desire for power that was well-served by joining the party on the upswing.

Jindal, Vitter, Kingston and McHenry won yesterday so now they have to deal with being the minority party. Let's see if it's as fun being a pretender when you don't have the majority perks propping you up.


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Nov. 9th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
I really admire Max Cleland, and by extension, I intensely dislike Saxby Chambliss.

I agree with the premise of your argument--in every party there will be a few who try to predict the changing political winds and jump onto whatever platform that looks most likely to succeed. And regardless of party, it's repugnant behavior.
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
What set me off on this topic was seeing Jack Kingston on Real Time with Bill Maher. He was striving to stay on message but it was pretty hard for him with Bill and Alec Baldwin peppering him with questions and asking for his opinion on topics that he doesn't prepare for. It would have been comical if it didn't piss me off. He seems like an okay guy but not someone who performs very well when left to his own devices.

And I'm sure there were folks who jumped on the Dem bandwagon during their heyday. But it really seems so much more calculated with these young photogenic men who hung their shingle in politics at a very early age.
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