Monday, May 21, 2007
Blogfather Hugh Takes One For the Team
Yes, I did paraphrase Dean Barnett’s headline. He’s a lawyer, maybe he’ll sue. I know I can buy him off with a pastrami sandwich and a cold Coke. But I digress.
Last week the Senate came forth from on high and declared a deal had been reached regarding illegal immigration. No hearings were held, no witnesses were called. John “Squish” McCain stood with a surprisingly upright Ted “Scotch” Kennedy and pushed for passage in order to avoid “extracurricular” politics from deriding this legislation.
Well, Blogfather Hugh spent the weekend doing something few people (even politicians) actually do. He read the legislation. Now I’ve had the responsibility to read through various pieces of legislation for one reason or another. From personal experience I can tell you its about as riveting as watching an infomercial at two o’clock in the morning. It could put a newly dosed crystal meth addict into a coma. In short, its mind numbing.
Nevertheless, Hugh went through it page, by page, by page, by page, by page, by page, by page, by page. How he did it I’m not sure, but I think its reasonable to assume the price of coffee in Orange County has gone up since Friday.
Supporters of this bill don’t want the particulars debated. Case and point is John McCain’s meltdown when questioned by fellow Senator John Cornyn (R-Tx). McCain’s inability to effectively deal with detractors bodes ill for his presidential ambitions – whatever is left of them anyway.
The time when deals like this could be passed in the dead of night without public scrutiny has come and gratefully gone. That said, the devil is always in the details. Actually reading this stuff can be exceedingly painful. Memo to Blogfather Hugh: Next time you’re in DC, your choice of beverage (adult or otherwise) is on me.
Here endeth the lesson.