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Lame Duck

December 20, 2010

Let me start by apologizing. I’m sorry for not letting you know these things, I just assume that everyone knows what I know, but I have had an alarming number of people ask me what a “lame duck” is. In politics a “lame duck” is a politician who has been voted out but is still in office. I know what you’re thinking, how can that be? Well here’s the skinny. When we have an election in November (and sometimes even earlier in the primary) where a certain liberal will be soundly trounced at the ballot box. His successor will be taking office in as much as three months, giving the current buffoon that much time to do as they please because they are already out and have nothing to lose.

Now, that in itself is pretty bad but it gets worse. These “lame ducks” become targets for special interests because they are going to be looking for work in a little while. Are you naive enough to believe that none of them have ever traded legislation for a cushy position in a few weeks? Now let me clarify something I’ve already said, the “lame duck” can be of any political persuasion but they just always seem to be liberals that are doing these things.

Another scenario is something like the case of Harry Reid. He’s old. He may just want out. Cha-ching. A one time lump sum settlement from the homo lobbyist may be just what he’s looking for to…let’s say vote for repealing Clinton’s don’t ask, don’t tell law. Are you starting to get the picture? It’s kind of like the “Girls Gone Wild” video only with politicians drunk with power. Power that they have usurped from you and I. And they know that we know and that we are going to do something about it so they are cramming as much of their decadent crap down our throats as they can before we oust them.

Now don’t despair, much of this crap can be repealed and the rest can be dealt with in other ways. But one thing you can do now is contact your own particular weird and/or lame duck and let them know how you feel. Perhaps enough hate mail will get their attention, but the best strategy is to always look at the long view when you go to the voting booth. Don’t look for the jackal that will give you the freebie now and leave you with a huge bill later. Look for the candidate that will do the right thing every time. My biggest regret is voting for a third-party candidate last round and leaving the conservative out in the wind. I know that if McCain were in charge we may not be happy but we would not be looking for refuge in other places…just in case. But what’s done is done and we move on. Until next time, screw environmentalists.