October 29, 2008
J.B. to Alaska?
Few in the courtroom in Madison last Friday could accept the idea that the Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen, could remain co-chair of the Wisconsin McCain-Palin campaign, while bringing suit against his client, the GAB, that could well have disqualified 20 percent of Wisconsin voters. Not just any 20 percent. Those living in Mequon, Oconomowoc, and Brookfield had nothing to fear. The Judge knew who was at risk as she recalled the turmoil that preceded the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
One of Van Hollen's lawyers, from the GOP's favorite law firm, tried his best to scold the defendants. He said they should stop saying that the Van Hollen decision to sue was driven by partisan politics. Imagine that? "There's gambling at Leroy's Café."
Voilà! Van Hollen has an opportunity to prove that he is non-partisan. That he really cares who is allowed to vote. As you know, Senator Ted Stevens was convicted of seven felonies. Alaska denies voting rights to people convicted of felonies involving "moral turpitude." Now, could it be that the McCain campaign will file a motion to disqualify Senator Stevens from voting? I think Van Hollen should go to Alaska and bring suit to stop Stevens from voting. J.B. was afraid to go to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention, so Alaska might traumatize him. But if he pulls himself together...he could show that even wealthy felons should not vote. Ah, consistency has its virtues.
Mad as hell! Can you believe it? Paulson and the Congress did not insist that the banks actually use the bailout money for loans? The NYT reports that JP Morgan would use the money to buy other banks or, as a backstop in case the recession turns into a depression.
Solutions requested. Why not have the bankers sent to Gitmo until they start lending money? As for Paulson? Just get him out of there.
World Series. What in the hell is going on? I suspect McCain is in charge.
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