Democratic Donkey I went to a local Democratic Club fish fry this weekend and set up the sound system. Almost everyone there except me and the musicians was a candidate, married to a candidate or on the central committee. There may have been 40 people at the height of the event. The level of popular enthusiasm was underwhelming.

This is the problem with Democratic Party voters. They only come out during Presidential election years and don’t care otherwise. I predict big losses for the Dems in the house and Senate this year.

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Photo from LIFE photo archive.

Photo from LIFE Magazine archive.

On Thursday, President Obama signed the long delayed Omnibus Spending Bill. He also said that he was going to do something to control earmarks in the future. Congress had attached some 8,000 earmarks in the bill. Each earmark an example of Congresspeople and Senators bringing home the bacon to their respective districts, or of the other guy’s pork barrel spending. John McCain was quite upset that the President signed this pork laden bill, which enables the Federal Government to continue operating, which the last Congress was unable to pass at all. I guess he should have just shut the Government down instead.

When is an earmark bacon and when is it pork? The total cost of the earmarks is less than 2% of the total spending bill. Each of them is for a project that a Congressperson or a Senator asked for in order to benefit that Congresspersons constituents. They go back to their districts and brag about the fine projects that will help the people of their districts, providing much needed jobs, infrastructure or whatever. Republicans do it. Democrats do it. They talk trash about their neighbor’s pork even while they are bragging on their own bacon. Hey, if it smells like bacon it came from a pig. Bacon and pork are indistinguishable.

We can make fun of studies of the sleeping habits of bears in Montana, overhead projectors in Illinois or fish waste processing plants in Mississippi but when you look at individual projects they do seem to be beneficial and not as outlandish as their critics pretend. Maybe the Federal Government should get out of the business of funding school construction, funding research, highway building and job creation. Arizona is doing without, since John McCain refuses to play the game . . . er, he does refuse to bring earmark money to Arizona right?

President Obama wants to bring more transparency to the earmark process but not to eliminate them. He would like to see all earmarks published on a website with the names of their Congressional sponsors attached. It will be interesting to see how that works for him. Congresspeople and Senators loves them some earmarks. They don’t care to have a lot of people looking over their shoulders, though.

The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic Party is meeting in Washington D.C. today to decide what to do about the delegates from Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention this fall. DonkeysSupporters of Hillary Clinton are picketing outside, demanding that all the delegates be seated and given their full votes, as if the two states had not violated Democratic Party rules by holding their primaries early. Obama supporters are offering compromises, proportional assignments of delegates, seating all of them but giving them half a vote each. No compromise is going to be acceptable to the Clinton camp.

The funny thing is that Obama is going to win the nomination anyway, and many Clinton supporters are going to go away mad because of that – even if they are given everything they ask for in today’s meeting. Once again Will Rogers’ is proved right, wen he said “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”

Update: the Rules Committee has decided to seat half the delegates from Florida and Michigan. Update again: CNN says that they have seated all the delegates but given them half the votes.

This is going to lead to a bloody floor fight in Denver and may kill Obama’s chances in November. What a bunch of jackasses.

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