July 9, 2010

Without any fear

John Fund repeats the latest meme, that the coming lame-duck Congress will pass all the major legislation they can even if they've been voted out of office:

there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don't want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.

There's a scene I remember from the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" where a politician was ridden out of town on a rail.  There's another scene, from the HBO Series "John Adams" where a politician is tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail (see the pictures above).

I'm just saying, voter retaliation comes in many forms, some of them are quite unpleasant and have nothing to do with the voting booth.  Some forms of voter retaliation seem to have entered the dustbin of history, and that's probably a good thing, for the most part.

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