Sunday, December 7, 2008

Louisiana Representative casualty of post-Obama stupor

In case you missed it, Louisiana Representative "Dollar Bill" Jefferson lost his House seat during an election that had been delayed because of Hurricane Gustav. In case you don't remember, William Jefferson was the House member who was caught in a corruption investigation of having $90K in cash in his freezer.

Undoubtedly, if the election had occurred as planned, Jefferson would have benefited from a historic turn out of black voters on Election Day, especially since his district was specifically drawn to give black constituents an advantage. But unfortunately for him, voters did not feel the same enthusiasm and vigor to get him re-elected, perhaps just content that Obama had already won.

Fortunately for all of us, justice was served in this case, despite an unwillingness in Congress to do anything about his wrongdoings, which no doubt would have continued to go unaddressed had he been re-elected. This is based on the fact that while she was House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi was on Jefferson like a cheap suit (see photo),
but after the Democrats won a seat majority after the November 2006 election, she became "reluctant" to do anything, to put it nicely. This incident is exemplary of the fact that the Democrats had campaigned in 2006 about improving ethics and responsible spending, then quickly went back to the way they've always been...just like Barry Soetoro saying that it's silly to ask how Hillary can be his Secretary of State after trashing her during the campaign, because campaigns are what they are...words during a campaign are only said to get elected.

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