I really enjoy the way Serephin does the blog rundown over on 43rd State Blues. It seems tonight that I almost need to have my own rundown of all my political thinkings.
I've been watching the Alito debate on the floor of the United States Senate and as I type this am listening to Senator Byrd (D-WV) on C-SPAN from earlier today. That man loves his country. That man understands what it means to represent your constituency. It does matter to him that the party is trying to defeat Alito, it does not matter was Democratic leadership thinks of him, it does matter that he votes his conscience. Something that he said today thrilled me and scared me all at once. He said: "I am a senator who takes this Constitution seriously and I refuse to tow the party line..." I fear Alito's confirmation, yet more than I fear Alito, I fear a group of politicians in Washington who are unwilling to have their own thought, take their own stand, have their own voice. Every politician right now who is afraid of shouting from every roof top the injustice and corruption in D.C. right now needs to learn a little something from Robert Byrd.
I have to agree with Senator Byrd in one respect-- there is no telling what judicial temperament will do once placed on the high court. I simply can't believe that Byrd is voting yes, but with him, unlike the numerous Republicans voting yes, I know why and he gave a reasonable response.
The thought of Sen. Byrd carrying around a copy of the United States Constitution in his jacket pocket gives me hope for a restored faith in our public servants.
Public servant C.L. Butch Otter was in Declo, Idaho today. In a visit set up by the Republican County Chairman Wayne Hurst, Otter visited students at Declo High School. He answered questions, dodged a few, and maybe gained a couple votes. It isn't hard for men like Otter to visit Cassia County where he's going to win by a substantial margin. Cowardice is what is is. Visiting safe counties is what men like Otter do best. Congressman Otter, I will never even consider voting for you until you take the time to step foot in a unsafe county to sit down with my classmates and answer some questions.
Mr. Otter you are welcome at Idaho State University to sit down with me anytime.
Back to the Alito vote for a moment... I had this surreal feeling when Scooter Libby was indicted because Joe Wilson had been at ISU just prior to that indictment. As I've been watching the Alito debate, everytime I see Senator Harry Reid I can't believe that just a few weeks ago I shook that man's hand. I interact with fairly important people on a regular basis, yet I've never felt so connected to something as big as the Democratic National Party until now. It's sad really because I have shaken the hand of every member of our Idaho delegation and never when I see any of them on C-SPAN do I feel represented or part of something so huge. Craig, Crapo, Simpson, and Otter DO NOT speak for me.
It seems I've wrapped up my political thinkings for the night. Tomorrow is another day. Another day of debate. Another day of politics. And another day of being fed up with one-party politics in the state of Idaho.