May 8, 2006

Senatorial LNG Deja-Vu and Other Politics

I can hardly keep up with politics nowadays. It seems like every time I turn around, someone else is mad at President Bush. And every time he hits a new low, he breaks through and his polls drop again.

That’s right - USA Today puts him at 31%.

I don’t know if it’s comedy or tragedy that I am forced to report that some people still insist that Bush’s low poll numbers have nothing to do with his incompetence. I guess they’d have us believe he’s a misunderstood genius. His administrative missteps are pearls thrown before us swine, and the media is thrall to some secret cabal pushing liberal interests. Ahhh, liberals. Republicans like to imagine that they control the entire government, but somehow everything else is controlled by liberals and that’s why it rained all weekend, or whenever.


I paraphrase:

No one would have believed in the last years of the twentieth century that this region was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences more avaricious than ours; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied. With infinite complacency people went to and fro over this SouthCoast about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. No one gave a thought to the other states of the union as sources of human danger. Yet across America, intellects greedy and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this coastal community with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twenty-first century came the great disillusionment.

Apologies to H.G. Wells.

Don’t zone out on me. All politics is local. That’s why I made sure to vote in the town elections on Monday, and why I’m finally going to town meetings and such. If you don’t (and maybe even if you do) you would not believe who is running your town. Remember that guy in high school who was scary-boring, not too bright, but somehow popular? Well don’t go to a town meeting if you don’t want to see him again. I’m just saying. But there are some pretty good folks there, too. That’s why you need to go. And see. And vote.

But here’s an interesting clash of local and national. For my regular readers, it’s deja-vu.

First, way back in last October, I ranted about a Texas Representative who was butting his nose into local politics, complaining about Fall River efforts to block LNG. A fairly coherent and amusing rant, if I do say so. Barton, the Texas representative, is a tool of the energy industry. #3 on the list of people who took the most money from big oil.

Next, we learned from Keri that Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma (the state, not the musical) had tried to get our old Brightman Street bridge demolished to make way for the LNG tankers. Inhofe is another energy industry tool. And pretty full of beliefs I characterize as “nutty.” He’d never get elected in MA, yet here he is trying to make decisions for us.

And finally, today, we learn that another faraway politician is in an uproar about how Fall River does not want the world’s biggest roman candle on the shores of the Taunton River. Craig Thomas, Republican (no kidding?) Senator of Wyoming (where?) has voiced his displeasure. And has introduced a bill to demolish the Brightman St. Bridge. Wyoming. It’s no wonder. A state with something like 16 people living in it doesn’t get the danger of siting an LNG facility in a city. That’s because they have never seen a city. The only significant thing in Wyoming is that place where the UFO in “Close Encounters” landed. And that didn’t even happen in real life.

What gives?

Ah. Thomas is #7 on the list of oil money takers. He’s behind Barton, but he can proudly say he took more money than Tom Delay, narrowly forcing Delay to the #8 spot. Look at all that campaign money! Well over half a million just from oil and electricity.

What do you think about all this interest in Fall River? I’m so glad we’re useful for something here in the SouthCoast. If we can help one corrupt Republican secure sleazy campaign contributions from big energy, then we’ve made a difference. And that’s something to be proud of.

I look to our delegation to fend off this new attack. Apparently, that bridge is a real thorn in the side of Hess LNG.

More later, undoubtedly.

Posted by James at May 8, 2006 11:50 PM
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I wonder if one can write to MoveOn and suggest that they make some ads for these guys -- why is your Wyoming senator trying to get a bridge in Fall River demolished? That's outrageous. Those f*cking people don't deserve .25 of a Senator, he's so bored and corrupt that his nose is all the way across the country. I'm sick of this government. :-(

Posted by: Maggie at May 9, 2006 8:39 AM

This story would make a great Boston Globe exposť if the Globe staff remembered that New England also includes territory south and west of Boston.

Posted by: Mike L. at May 9, 2006 8:58 AM

It does? ;)

I like Maggie's idea. We should try to get the 527s (or whatever they're called) involved. It's not too surprising that these bozos are getting involved. After all, there is a high financial reward for them and no real risk.

Posted by: briwei at May 9, 2006 10:44 AM

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