Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dr Smith Goes to Washington

Mark Kirk was finally sworn in to occupy Illinois's golden Senate seat. And, judging from the numbers on the Mark Kirk Internet countdown clocks, not a minute too soon. The minuses on these popular web countdown timers were growing so large, your LakeCountyEye was fearful of an immanent Internet meltdown -- one to rival the Y2K Internet meltdown of Y2K.

Thankful LakeCountyEye operatives able to survive saw Mark Kirk become our newest junior US Senator. The Sun-Times provides the details ...
For all his years in Congress, Kirk has mainly stayed on the House side of the Capitol. Almost giddy with excitement, Kirk talked to reporters about actually being on the Senate floor. "It's kind of a 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' feeling," Kirk said.
Kirk sworn in as state's new senator
For operatives who weren't operating back in the day, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 Jimmy Stewart movie about an idealistic outsider sent by the voters to Washington, who took on the entrenched interests there and stood his ground. Long story short, Mark Kirk is naturally feeling like a 21st Century Mr. Smith.

Some left-of-center operatives will however be thinking, now just hold on one goll darn minute here sir! Kirk, a calculating insider who never held a job outside of Washington, has stood for the entrenched interests there since Y2K. It strains credulity to fancy Mark Kirk as a Mr. Smith.

In his defense, your LakeCountyEye is remindful that at the moment in question Kirk was giddy with excitement.

So in the spirit of ecumenical bipartisanship, some of your LakeCountyEye's favorite movies have been tabulated; and operatives are invited to vote for the film that they think best captures Mark Kirk's ascension to the US Senate floor.

If it were made into a movie,
Mark Kirk's election to the Senate would be ...
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Bonzo Goes to College
Gidget Goes Hawaiian
Mark of the Vampire
Dr No
Peewee's Big Adventure
O Lucky Man!
The Incredible Mr Limpet
Ensign Pulver
Rear Admiral
This Internet poll is conducted by Price Waterhouse, winners to be announced Mar 25, 2010 during the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony. Stuffing the ballot box is not to be tolerated.


Anonymous said...

I will say for Kirk that at least he wants to sit on the Senate appropriations committee. The Tea Partiers like Joe Walsh won't touch it with a ten foot pole. They don't want to take any pipe for specific budget cuts. There is so little Republican interest in the house committee that Boehner is considering shrinking the committee. Opens up questions of opportunism.

Barney Baxter said...

hi Anon,
To Kirk's credit, he does want to be on Senate Appropriations. Tax bills otoh must originate in the House & are sent to the Senate. This will be worth watching how it plays out.