Injured While Blowing Self, Forced to Retire
starting to think that Brian Higgins could lose his bid for
reelection to Congress this fall. You think this is heresy? You
think that he’s an incumbent and it’s a heavily Democratic district
so he’s a shoo-in? Or maybe you just think it’s too early to start
thinking about this year’s congressional elections? It’s not, and
we think Brian should start thinking about it real hard.
You see, Brian has a problem. He already showed
us that he can’t be trusted. A lot of people worked hard to get
him elected because they thought he was a man of the people. Then
he got in and voted for the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection
Act, the Terry Schiavo legislation, and the Class Action Fairness
Act. There were eight bills that Congress voted on that were partisan,
us versus them, and he voted with the Republicans on three of them.
That’s not a real good record. So his “man of the people” image
has been pretty well tarnished.
If Higgins wants to retain the people that supported
him in 2004, he’s going to have to do better. We know he thinks
he did great things getting the Niagara Power Authority to give
us more money than they had planned. He can stop blowing himself.
It was a better deal, not a great deal. Now he wants us to be impressed
that he’s having that money spent on developers to create a waterfront
playground for wealthy suburbanites. How about a beach that ordinary
people could pull their cars up to, get out, throw a blanket on
the ground, crack a beer and watch their kids wade into the water?
No, a five star hotel is better. Yeah, we see where he’s coming
from (the new haircut and designer glasses were a dead giveaway).
Well, he should know the money could be better spent getting us
those jobs that we lost as a result of his friend Hillary and her
husband’s support for NAFTA and the like. When he works on that,
then we’ll start to be impressed.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted January 6-8,
2006 asked adults nationwide how important the situation in Iraq
will be to their votes for Congress this year. 85% said it would
be extremely or very important. But Higgins has been pretty much
dodging this Iraq war thing. He thinks it’s complicated, that we
need to “stay the course” and he doesn’t want to be perceived as
“weak on terror,” because then Karl Rove, with the help of Tom Reynolds
and all the other local GOP reprobates, is going to shove a huge
replica of the twin towers straight up his ass.
The thing is that most people are sick of this war,
and if he’s not going to stand with the people then fuck him; we’ll
find someone who will. The same poll mentioned above asked if a
timetable for withdrawal should be set. 49% said yes; 47% said no.
My guess is a lot of the 47% are Bush-loyalist Republicans, who
wouldn’t vote for a Democrat anyhow. So what can Higgins do to make
us and a lot of others happy? He could start by supporting Congressman
John Murtha’s plan (as Louise Slaughter has) to get us the hell
out of the mess in Iraq. Murtha’s informed position is that the
occupation is the cause of the violence and it’s not going to end
until we leave.
It not just a majority of Americans that want us
to get out; the Iraqis do too. Reminds us of Private 8-Ball’s words
in Full Metal Jacket—“They’d rather be alive than free, I
guess. Poor dumb bastards.”
A poll conducted for WorldPublicOpinion.org by the
Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University
of Maryland, January 2-5, asked Iraqis what they would like their
newly elected government to ask the US-led forces to do. 70% favored
setting a timeline for withdrawal of US forces. This number divides
evenly between “within six months,” and “over two years.” Also,
47% favored attacks on American forces.
So let’s talk a little bit about democracy and giving
the people what they want. The people in America—and Iraq—are pretty
fed up. Locally, the antiwar sentiment is pretty high. So what it
would take for Higgins to lose? It would take a Republican challenger
who isn’t totally ineffectual and a serious challenge from a decent
Well, that scenario should already be lurking in
the Congressman’s head, and not just because he’s been reading about
his being a tool in this paper. Higgins has already been visited
in early January by a group of representatives from various local
groups and concerned citizens urging the young Congressman to get
with Murtha’s program, and by extension a majority of the people,
on this issue. The group hasn’t decided how they are going to proceed
just yet, or how they are going to go public with their efforts.
We’ll let you know what they’re going to do and what you, our loyal
readers, can do to take part in it in the next issue. Note to Jack
Davis: we’re pretty sure they’ll be coming to see you next.
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