Legislative Action AlertWeek of May 16, 2011 Jackie Cilley email@example.comOn Mowing and Meditation
Bruce and I “took the weekend off” at our rustic little cottage in Maine. ForBruce at least, there’s really no such thing as down time. For reasons I can’texplain or understand (and, frankly, have stopped trying), raking in Maine issomehow different from raking at home for him. He can mow, trimshrubbery, weed-wack, move plants around, paint trim, and get generallydirt streaked and nasty-smelling and appear for all the world to be havingthe time of his life.I, on the other hand, sit protected from black flies on the screened porchcontemplating the ways of the world. I suspect Bruce is more productivethan I am but I haven’t chipped a fingernail at my pursuits. The world was a different place politically when we were here last summer.Sure there were some heated debates among friends about the direction of the country, fiscal policies, healthcare policies and so on. The mood seemedrestive and there was plenty of talk of change. Candidates for state andfederal offices here, in New Hampshire and in states across the countrytalked endlessly about the economy, jobs and budgets needing to betrimmed. The Tea Party was on the rise and the media accommodatingly amplified itsvoice, making it seem numerically much larger and stronger than it was or is.Its candidates served as the butt of numerous jokes and who, many politicalobservers contended, would not garner the votes to win office. No doubtsome seats would change hands, but reasonable people would be electedwho would find reasonable solutions to the problems facing each state andthe country.Voters would never elect extreme candidates such as Sharon Angle of Nevada, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, Allen West of Florida or even RandPaul of Kentucky.
Except in many instances they did.
Voters certainly didn’telect all of their approved candidates, but on the whole the Tea Party hadamazing success with 65% of their endorsed candidates for US congress