Politics Tuesday…

Everybody knows that the Marathon library referendum was REALLY a referendum on President Obama’s first nine months in office, right?  I just love the overanalysis of political stuff and I like to do it all the time myself.  But really, folks — it was NOT “Super Tuesday” or even the mid-term elections.  The political landscape is pretty much unchanged for one simple reason: there wasn’t much in play.  NEXT November, with a third of the U.S. Senate and all of the House of Representatives up for grabs, we’ll know something.  Today, we really don’t.  We’re all talking about Virginia, New Jersey, New York’s 23rd Congressional District and the New York mayor’s race today because there just isn’t anything else to talk about. 

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Speaking of politics, somebody was ragging today about how the cash for clunkers program ended up costing something like $24,000 per car.  That sounds like a lot of money and it is, but I have to tell you that I’ll bet I can walk around my district and probably find somebody who bought a car under that program.  I can probably find somebody who sold one, too.  It was a $3 billion program.  Do you think I can find any of that TARP money in my district?  I doubt it.  That was a $700 billion program.  You decide. 

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Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell, who drew criticism for refusing to marry an interracial couple some weeks back, has resigned.  Good.  The U.S. Supreme Court threw out race-based limitations on marriage in 1967  in a unanimous decision.  “The freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State,” said the court, (more than four decades ago.)  

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The recession is real when the Minnesota Vikings can sweep the Packers, go 7-1, have the biggest name in the game at quarterback — and you can still get single-game tickets for face price or less because they’re not sold out.  It’s extra real when the auction prices for the Michigan-Wisconsin game at Camp Randall result in little or no premium.  But I have to tell you that I saw some of the best Halloween costumes ever out there this year, so maybe there’s hope.

JR

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