Some black preachers from St. Louis and Kansas City were supposed to rally for ObamaDontCare on the steps of the capitol this afternoon, namely during the noon hour.
Either I was looking for them in the wrong place or they were in the wrong place. I didn’t see any rally. Where I looked, I was all alone.
And even if they did rally, what good did they think they were going to do that Kit Bond couldn’t? ICYMI, the ObamaDontCare forces hired Kit Bond of all people to try to lobby Republicans in the state House and Senate to sign the suicide pact. Though the only time I ever saw him around here was not long after that happened, and he looks like warmed over death. People who want something out of some government hire big name people as lobbyists because they think their name and reputation has weight and currency with down-the-ladder politicians. The problem with that mentality in Kit Bond’s case is that since he left the Senate in 2010, especially since Roy Blunt was an almost carbon copy perfect drop-in replacement from both a temperament and voting record standpoint, the only people who have truly missed him are the D.C. liquor stores, being mindful of the fact they lost Ted Kennedy’s business in 2009. Another problem is that state legislators have term limits, eight years for a House member max, eight years for a Senator max. This means just in the time he’s been retired from the Senate, there has been a lot of turnover in the state House and Senate. After each passing election cycle, there are or will be fewer and fewer members of the state House and Senate who were even members of one of those bodies while Kit Bond was actually a U.S. Senator.
The other problem is that Kit Bond’s phone calls and schmoozing, (as if anyone wants to get personable with an old drunk), don’t negate budget and legislative realities.