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Chan Lowe: Survivor...Washington edition

seniority.gifOut in the boonies, anti-incumbent fever has reached a dangerous pitch.

Who'd a thunk that Texas Governor Rick Perry could turn the tables on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican gubernatorial primary by condemning her for bringing home too much federal bacon?

In the aftermath of her ignominious defeat, Sen. Hutchison was left shaking her head like a stunned longhorn. She never imagined, she allowed, that her being an effective advocate for her state would be used against her.

But it was, because the great unwashed hate Washington so much that even its pork is tainted, at least in the minds of people who vote in Republican primaries.

Like cockroaches and viruses, members of Congress are nothing if not adaptable. It will be entertaining to witness the contortions they go through to portray themselves as the embodiment of the current zeitgeist, or whatever it might be by November.

Some of them, in desperation, may pull a Lieberman and run as independents when they fail to win their own party's nod for the nomination. It's about survival, after all, and this season it's every man for himself.

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Ok first of all Pork has always been tainted the amount of waste that this government spends on pork projects is a huge reason why we have the deficit we do. And I love your condescending way of saying that if you think that way that we are the great unwashed the dirty stinking peasants that are too stupid to do anything other than make noise. Are you actually saying that pork is good for the country unbelievable

Whoa, Mark!!!! Control yourself...I was just saying that people are so anti-Washington these days that they don't even want pork that benefits THEM. Up until now, "pork" has always been an appropriation for someone else's state or district. When it's for you, it's a sorely needed "home project." This is why Hutchison was so taken by surprise. Her own people rejected her largess.
Maybe I was being too subtle.

Mark is right, we, the great unwashed, are sick and tired of our government trying to buy our support. Pork is bad, and Obama said he would put a stop to it. Just another one of his failures to keep his word.

And before I get slammed again for not staying on point or blaming one party over another let me say I don't care whose pork it is I don't want it and I don't care what political party the politician belongs to, I don't trust them. They will all say whatever it takes to get in office so they can stab their supporters in the back.

Don't listen to what they say, look at their record and let that speak for them.

why can't people try doing things without politicians , it just cant get much worst

Politicians like Huthchison don't know what to do,regarding federal bacon..Dammed if they do,dammed if they don't.! Think the reason they try so hard to get re-elected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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