Constructive gadfly
Published on December 11, 2008 By stevendedalus In Politics

Obama's decision to resign from the Senate was an enormous blunder. He should now renege on his resignation and storm the Senate to fight for the auto industry with a loud vote. Btw, does anyone know if Biden gave up his vote, too?  What jerks.


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on Dec 11, 2008

This whole "selling a Senate seat" thing has just fueled my position that no actively sitting elected official should be allowed to campaign for a different elected position.  Furthermore no actively sitting elected official should be allowed to be appointed to some other position.  The people have elected those representatives to do a specific job, not to job hunt. 

For example it is a major conflict of interest for an actively sitting US Senator or Representative to be running for President.  You simply can't tell me that the act of campaigning for President didn't have an impact on how the candidates voted on various pieces of legislation.  In some cases they weren't present for the votes yet they still were collecting a salary, in other cases I find it hard to believe that they voted in the best interest of their constituents vs. what was more politically expedient to their campaigns.  And now I can add that the governor who gets to pick the replacement may use it to get personal favors in return.  It simply shouldn't be allowed.

on Dec 11, 2008

Well, admitting your candidate made a mistake. Perhaps there is still hope for you people.

on Dec 11, 2008

A senator has no boss other than the ballot box.  He can collect his salary & spend all day every day at the Capitol gym if he wants.  Sucks, but that's the real world.  Show up at a committee meeting every once in a while, fly back & rub with the homies a few weekends a year.  Good work if you can buy, I mean, get it.

on Dec 12, 2008

Furthermore no actively sitting elected official should be allowed to be appointed to some other position.

Back in the 19th century, Senators were appointed by the states, not elected. I suspect there was some selling going on then, just not as blatant and stupid as Illinois.

But I dont think you can renege on a resignation.  Well, at least not without the approval of the body (probably perfunctory at this time).  Still, Obama cant.  His hands are too dirty now.  And biden is still as stupid as he ever was.

on Dec 12, 2008

Alas, the Senate is a bullshit organization that we could do without, thank you very much.

on Dec 15, 2008

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