The 111th Congress convened today. I hope they can perform some miracles. I’m sure they will authorize the printing of more money and vote to take more of mine away.
It was an interesting day. Roland Burris, the selection of embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the vacant seat of Barack Obama was denied a seat in the Senate. Burris has not been officially sanctioned by the state authorities because of Blagojevich’s illegal actions regarding the appointment. The governor, who looks like a twelve year old, is accused of wanting a payoff for the candidate he selects. I think the governor’s actions should be overlooked because he isn’t old enough to know better.
The joke of the day is that the comedian Al Franken has apparently won the senate seat from Minnesota by a landslide after a recount of the vote. He is the winner by 225 votes. The incumbent senator, Norm Coleman, is threatening to sue, so things are still up in the air. Nevertheless, it looks like Franken will be the new senator. The senate is a great place for a comedian. Saturday Night Live should just start filming the actions on the senate floor and that can be their show. With the comedy acts lead by Franken, I hope they can get Harry Reid to smile.
Even the lowly Texas Legislature is having some controversy. House Speaker Tom Craddick is under fire. He is apparently dropping his bid for a fourth term. He has served in this capacity since 2003 but has been pretty heavy handed and even accused of being a dictator.
The show in Congress is enough material for several blogs a day. The scandals are the exciting part. No doubt, we will have more stories like the one with Larry Craig. I just hope they can behave long enough to get the economy back on track but that would indeed be a miracle.
My favorite TV channel to watch on the porch may become CSPAN. All they do is film the empty chairs in Congress with some lone soul in front reading a speech. I do want to be sure and tune in if Al Franken makes a speech.