Trent Lott resigned this week, this is an early Xmas present for Americans. Lott says "Bush even joked that he may want to team up with the Mississippian ( Jeff Gannon I presume) in the lobbying sector". Lott, suggested a name for their imaginary lobbying firm: ""What does 'Breaux and A Lotta Bush' sound like?" (Lott and John Breaux the lobbying Dynamic Duo.) Perhaps there is room for ex-GOP Sens. John Ashcroft (Mo.) and Jim Jeffords (Vt.), They could become the Singing Lobbyists.
But if not Jeff Gannon then it can only be Haley Barbour "Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour introduced Rudy Giuliani the other night in Pearl; and wouldn't you know, it earned the former RNC Chairman a mention as a potential Vice Presidential candidate." Haley Barbour tobacco lobbyist and profiteer from the Katrina disaster would go well on a Rudy-Haley ticket. Barbour would add a much needed dose of social conservative ideology to the ticket. Giuliani said: "Gov. Barbour will be on the top of everybody's list. But Gov. Barbour is, you know, running for re-election and it would be presumptuous for anybody to be thinking who ... a vice presidential candidate is going to be."
Political scientist Marty Wiseman, director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, said Barbour, an anti-abortion Southerner, would provide ideological and geographical balance to Giuliani, a pro-choice Northerner.
"You've got to throw in a little Southern seasoning into the Giuliani gumbo somewhere," Wiseman said in a phone interview Tuesday. Barbour still has extensive connections from his time as political director for the Reagan White House in the 1980s and as Republican National Committee chairman from 1993-97.
"He's on the first-name basis with every Republican that's emerged on the scene in the past 25 years or so," Wiseman said of Barbour. "He probably knows more folks on a first-name, hugging basis than President Bush does."
All told, Henry Barbour's lobbying fees -- $150,000 in 2004, $183,000 in 2005, the year of the hurricane, and $379,000 last year.
The nature of the income is significant because the firm, which still operates under the name Barbour, Griffith & Rogers, represented clients in 2006 who were lobbying in Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina recovery contracts.
. If the payments were related to how well the firm was doing or were profit-sharing, then that would put the governor in the position of receiving personal wealth as a consequence of Hurricane Katrina.
Barbour has said being an election year, no "liberal New York media" could be expected to report anything nice about him. But it gets worse. Barbour obtained a waiver that says that he could ignore a federal law that provided that 50 percent of Katrina federal housing funds had to benefit low- to moderate-income Mississippians. Then he funneled at least 80 percent of the money to higher-income Coast homeowners—about 10 times the amount allocated to replacing rental units or public housing.
That just leaves the famous Tap Dancing Singing Senator Larry Craig.
Craig explains "All four of us developed a very unique relationship that no other Senators shared," Craig said. "We found out that we could sing together and that in doing so, we could not only have fun ourselves, but that other people, sometimes with a smile, would suggest they enjoyed listening to us."
They were the salad daze for the senators drunk with power and with the impression that the world was on their side.
"The smile, the joy, the fun we had of singing the kind of songs we sang in a way that Senators are just not supposed to do," Craig said wistfully. "For in the end, Senators are like an awful lot of other folks out there--we are human." or in-human depending on what policies they are pushing at the time.
The last Singing (Tap Dancing) Senator plans to go on vacation in the true Bush tradition.
Craig and his wife, for a change, are heading to Pasadena, home of the famous Rose Bowl - not to watch the game, just to see the parade. Craig said they want to see "where the floats are made."
However Craig is serious - this time - about retiring when his term ends in January 2009. He has anointed Idaho Lt. Gov. James E. Risch (R) introducing him as "the next senator from Idaho."
Mr Risch is famous for at lest two initiatives The first being the Alien Verification Initiative
This federal program allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees by verifying employment eligibility with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases via a Web-Based Access Method. Idaho will work with the fed. to fight illegal immigration. The tool that makes this possible is a federal program called S.A.V.E. (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements).
Simply put, the S.L.A.V.E. program provides employers like the State of Idaho and businesses of all sizes a no-cost way to confirm that the people they hire are indeed eligible to work in America. If not, then they wont need to pay them at all.
The other being the 90 day Drug Czar report. These encompass the Regional Advisory Councils in Idaho. According to the paper "These RAC's are composed of stake holders that work with substance abuse treatment, education and recovery." Well at least they will know what a good drug looks like, but what kind of twisted system has "Stakeholders" in drug abuse. There is no end to the perversion.
But Just when the last of them have slithered off to hide under their respective rocks to wait until the American Democratic Merry-Go-Round plays their tune again and they get another ticket from the booth, what will replace these All singing all tap dancing Neo-Cons,
Well maybe it's Hilary, she probably thinks it's time for a woman to sit behind the desk in the White House, instead of under it.