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Shutter Bugged

Tuesday, Feb. 03, 2009 3:41 AM

Republicans are arguing that if Republican Senator Judd Gregg is chosen to be Secretary of Commerce, New Hampshire's governor (a Democrat) should appoint a Republican to take his place in the Senate. Gregg actually favors this approach, even as he is slated to become a rare opposition party member within a Democratic administration.

As has adequately been demonstrated by the fuss over Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris to take President Obama's Senate seat, perhaps we need to rethink the process and put replacement seatings in the hands of the electorate, instead of treating it like a mid-season trade in baseball. (You get a Commerce Secretary, and we get a Senator to be named later.)

Now, that would mandate a special-election process that can be implemented quickly and efficiently, and would likely be a significant burden on larger states, but all Americans should be concerned at this horse-trading exception to the democratic process.

The only reason the country might need the expediency of gubernatorial picks would be a movie-plot scenario where the bulk of Congress is wiped out by a terrorist attack.


Eric Holder has been confirmed as the Attorney General, by a vote of 75-21.

I expect he will move at least as fast as President Obama did to begin cleaning house.


Rep. Peter King's (R-New York) latest brilliant idea is to force cell phone and digital camera manufacturers to have their devices go 'click' or 'beep,' audible within a 'reasonable radius,' whenever a photo is taken. So, like, you know that a photo has been taken.

The idea is that it's supposed to make it easier to catch child predators in the act, because they're running around sticking their phone cameras under doors or into bathroom stalls. Or he's trying to stop the trend of teenagers posing for steamy pics that end up on their mySpace pages.

Can you imagine how much fun family gatherings and sports events will be with this requirement?




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