Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Politics as Scavenger Hunt

U.S Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has received much well-deserved approbation for his abuse of Senate traditions in placing holds on 70 of President Obama's nominees. Just as cold blooded reptiles are susceptible to trouble in the face of increasing heat, Sen. Shelby has felt the indignation of Americans, including Alabamans, at his stance. However, in relenting, he has threatened to do more of the same in the future.

Since moving to the Republican Party in the wake of the 1994 elections, Sen. Shelby has given evidence of being one of those lawmakers for whom all political principles seem subordinate to the need to procure pork for his state and the ultimate goal of elective office -- re-election. All across the political spectrum he should be regarded as the enemy of good government.


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