Jeffords is clearly a great American, and a Hero. Why, I get all teary-eyed when I think of his bravery and undying commitment to his strong personal values in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Must really suck to be a die-hard Republican right about now - y’know, what with them losing power over the Senate and all, and so abruptly too. It’s very much as if they were sleeping, literally sleeping! Then, to wake up with a start and “Who, wha? The Senate, gone? But - but - we received almost half the vote last time!”
I guess that’s why, when I tuned in today to a certain big fat idiot’s radio show to shamelessly gloat at the “dittoheads”, he sounded as completely demoralized and wounded as if his wife just told him she’s been enthusiastically banging his brother for the last 17 years.
The humiliation and embarassment Republican leaders feel must be tremendous. And such a public, public stage for it, too! And after prostrating themselves before Jeffords so, begging him with fear in their eyes not to go, offering him a king’s ransom of power and influence, doing it all before the eyes of the world - and then to have Jeffords say, “Thanks for the offer, but we all know you’d never be offering if I wasn’t leaving. The GOP sucks. Later” … Wow, what a guy, what a man among men.
There are actually parallels between the story of Jeffords and the story of Jesus. Jesus, as you remember, was offered dominion over the world by Satan, but declined in favor of the greater good of all mankind … And just as Jesus went on to get himself detained (IIRC, he “fit the profile”), arrested, and killed, Jeffords, too, can certainly expect a lot of torment and spiteful recrimination from Republicans who will now seek to inflict political death upon him. Whoever runs against him next time will be made a wealthy, wealthy candidate overnight.
I’m trying to decide what my favorite part about all this is. As of this writing, I think it has to be the fact that the Judiciary Committee is now run by Democrats; that’s a very good thing to be sure. Or maybe it’s just how foolish and impotent W, Lott, Dickarmey, et al. seem today. Ah, the unmitigated, unbridled glee … (well, first relief - THEN unmitigated, unbridled glee.) These are special times, friends, and we should savor them.
I guess it’s not so likely that Jeffords will be getting that Congressional Medal of Freedom he so richly deserves, eh? Yet maybe at some time in the future, Jeffords’ heroic act of selfless bravery can be so honored … It took a VERY long time for Rosa Parks to get hers, as I recall.