Rantlets: Gaza, Burris, Richardson

  • Message to Hamas: This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the Earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
  • If the party of Jefferson Davis won’t seat Roland Burris, the Party of Lincoln should stand up for the guy. He was legally appointed by the sitting Governor of his state. Last I heard, Blagojevich hadn’t even been indicted. Are all the actions of Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzalez somehow called into question because they were? Are all President Bush’s appointments null and void because Dennis Kucinich filed impeachment articles against him? This is part and parcel of what a government of laws is all about – the law can function through an imperfect vessel. What is most important is protecting the system, not punishing one man.
  • It’s a shame to see Bill Richardson withdraw as Commerce Secretary designate. He’s not perfect – no one is. But he was the most qualified of any of the Democratic Presidential candidates and has a lifelong history of public service. “Pay-to-play” has become a convenient catchphrase politicians doing what politicians have always done – wheeling and dealing on behalf of their various voting and fund raising constituencies. It’s just the newest chapter in the politics of personal destruction, the era of politics by prosecution.
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