Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mark Kirk: How about "None of the Above"?

This just in. Senator "I'm so independent, I voted for Don't Ask Don't Tell" is a dead duck. It's time to welcome the new Senator from Illinois, Senator "Yes, Leader McConnell."

We've reproduced Sen. Kirk's Christmas Eve missive here, a "survey" asking which priority his constituents want him to focus on. It's a veritable Dear Santa of right wing wishes. What's your top priority?
  • Spending cuts?
  • Tax relief?
  • Secure borders?
  • Education reform?
  • Repeal of health care?
  • or one of seven more of the usual Republican suspects?

Conspicuously missing, though, is that favorite of independent voter: "none of the above."

And that's a problem because there isn't even a place to suggest that Kirk should be focussing on one thing and one thing only: jobs, jobs, jobs. His list doesn't even mention economic recovery or unemployment. Come to think of it, there is no mention of help for small businesses, either. All you Republican businesspeople who voted for Kirk, I guess you can comfort yourself with that boon for Obama, the line-item veto.

But at least we won't have to worry about Mark Kirk, the independent thinker, anymore. He has his marching orders.


Team America said...

Redtail, if I didn't know better, I'd sure think you were just a typical sour-grapes Alexi-loving Kirk basher. But I am sure you intend to give our new Senator a chance (given he's not even been in office a month yet) and are keeping an open mind. For now, we'll just put you down as "undecided."

Anonymous said...

They are just some of the snippets taken from the Republican so called "Pledge to America" which contains no substance....kind of like a high school pep rally.

redtail said...

Team, I actually like Kirk but this letter of his was extremely disappointing to this independent voter who expected much more from him than lock step Republican talking points. Which was the point of my post, of course. As you willfully chose to ignore in your typically partisan way. Kirk must be taking advice from you. Congrats on going mainstream!