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September 05, 2005

Picnicking with Labor...

Stopped by Illiniwek Park today for the R.I. County Democrats' 15th million annual Labor Day chicken-fry.

Turned out OK. Rain quit, didn't get too hot. Thousand or more people hanging out. None of the really big-name invited guests could make it this year, but there was plenty of speechifying nonetheless.

The day's stemwinder came from Jeff Terronez, who said President Bush ought to be impeached, a proposal greeted with applause so warm it surprised me, even given the partisan setting.

Terronez, R.I. Co.'s state's attorney, talked about the evidence for going to war in Iraq, the aluminum tubes, the yellow-cake uranium and the mobile laboratories, and said it's clear now they'd all been discredited even before the invasion. Said that, if we impeach presidents for lying about affairs, we surely ought to impeach them for lying about reasons for war.

The loudest applause of the day came when Lane Evans was introduced. Universal, sustained, it swelled in volume as the Cngressman made his way to the mike.

But ... even amplified, his voice was weak. As he talked I eased steadily forward through the crowd, but even in the front I had trouble understanding him. Allowing that my hearing isn't what it used to be, or at least my wife says it isn't, I'm still thinking another campaign will be a mightly long one for a man who's been fighting Parkinson's for years now.

The applause was long and loud when he finished, but I thought it was more for his courage than his words, since a good part of the audience probably couldn't tell you today what he said.

Heard he's been asked to consider whether he really thinks he's up to another run, but that's he holding firm on his declaration that he can do it.

No readily apparent sentiment for an intra-party challenge. Who'd do that, in the face of that swelling applause?

Posted by jcb at September 5, 2005 07:36 PM


Jeez, it sure doesn't take them long to descend into hackery and demagoguery once they're elected, does it? From the way Terronez was ranting, you'd think there was actually a snowball's chance that a Republican could be elected from this district---or this state for that matter.

But the irony was just too delicious when Terronez was quoted as saying: "take back both houses of Congress." I assume he wasn't referring to the ILLINOIS Congress. I love it! You can't make this stuff up! I guess if a one party system is good for Democrats, as long as it's Democrats, it's good for the whole freakin' country.

From the reported cheering for all this mindlessness, it appears you have to put your brain in a lock box to belong to a political party---no thanks!

Posted by: paladin at September 6, 2005 11:47 AM

God, Paladin, you're tiresome sometimes.

Been to hundreds of political events of every strip and over the years, reporting the level of cheering and whatever. Will be to more, too, though I sure do hope the number doesn't mount into the hundreds.

Posted by: jcb at September 6, 2005 01:00 PM

You'll notice I didn't single out Democrats for mindlessness, but political parties. But you are quite right to insist on an echo chamber here---Gaia forbid we should have dissent. Say the word and I'm out of here.

Posted by: paladin at September 6, 2005 01:12 PM

Tiresome in the sense of the crotchety old uncle we all love anyway...

You did single me out for having "put your brain in a lock box to belong to a political party" simply because I attended and reported. So, what ...? My brain'll get pretty bruised if you toss it from lockbox to lockbox as I drift through the political scene.

Posted by: jcb at September 6, 2005 01:54 PM

jcb, it was not my intention to single you out, I was speaking of partisan Democrats (and Republicans) generally. However, if the shoe fits...(I meant "you" in the general sense, not you specifically re: brain in lock box). My apologies for not being more clear.

Posted by: paladin at September 6, 2005 04:40 PM