Monday, July 31, 2006

Republicans Never Fade Away...

Years ago, a very melodramatic General Douglas McArthur told Congress that, "old soldiers never die, they just fade away."

McArthur, a very popular and skilled Army general, had just been fired for not doing his job the way the boss, President Harry Truman, wanted it done. This was before the (r)epublican party turned Congress into a rubber-stamp for presidential whims and, in defiance of Truman, leadership of the House and Senate gave the old soldier a rather large opportunity to address a joint session and make his case.

Today, highwayscribery does the work you don't have time to do and points out that unlike old soldiers, old (r)epublicans never fade away, they just keep soldiering on.

And, in case you are buying all the pap about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) being a kindler, gentler version of the guy who last year, kicked nurses' asses, look at what came in over the transom.

Arnold announced that he intends to appoint "James" Rogan to the Orange County Superior Court. "James," used to be "Jim" Rogan, one of the notorious "House managers" who decided putting President Clinton through the political ringer was more important than fighting Usama Bin-Laden.

Yes, one of those yokels who took up the nation's time by putting the president on trial for, well, you remember, instead of leaving the matter up to his wife and daughter.

"Jim" was a Congessman representing a northeastern swathe of Los Angeles at the time; Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena etc., and he went against the wishes of his liberal constituents on behalf of THE RULE OF LAW.

He was warned, but went ahead and voted for impeachment anyway. Soon after he was out of a job. Now he's up for a new one: upholding THE RULE OF LAW in Orange County, which is way south of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and the scribe can only hope he's moved down there where his politics are a little more, if not completely, in sync with the citizenry.

"Intends to appoint" announcements are rather rare in politics, and if Schwarzenegger follows through on his intention, Rogan will be pulling in $150,696 annually at his latest stop in the political version of musical chairs.

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