Friday, June 23, 2006

The Second Time As Farce

Vince Leibowitz of Capitol Annex has a paranoid thought about the race for Tom Delay's seat in Congress. (Of course, sometimes paranoia is accurate....) The Secretary of State just announced that former Republican Congressman Steve Stockman did not turn in enough signatures to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in that district. Vince fears this may mean the Republicans will turn to Stockman as the replacement candidate for Delay (if the courts allow Tom's shell game with the ballot to go on).

That would set up a rematch. Stockman first won (in a largely different district) in 1994. He promptly became known as the leading defender of militias in Congress. Two years later he was deservedly defeated by Democrat Nick Lampson -- who, out of office following Delay's Perrymandering, is the Democratic candidate in Delay's district this year.

I would love to see the Republicans put that same fool up again, but I don't assume they are quite that stupid. In just one term Stockman became a national figure for mockery because of his wild statements. It would be great to haul those all out again -- and Lampson would stomp on him once more. Please, party of the elephants, do give us Stockman to kick around again. Thanks for your help, suckers.

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