Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Christopher Shays on his party and State's Rights

Christopher Shays' amazing Meehan sculpture

Christopher Shays, one of the VSB (very small bench) of ontologically independent Republicans, reveals his latest creation which he simply calls, "Marty", perhaps as it was only a few months ago that they did Marty Grah, down in Baton Rouge.
I know! I know! I am wrong at every port...including "Nwallins". Deblatterate me with nonsense. Clapperclaw me with fetid swampcheese. Underuncuate my offspring in ghazals of Urdu.
And no, Chris is not really a sculptor either. A bad guess! An attenuated and shopworn lead-in, no more.

Indeed saith Beth:
'My party is demonstrating that they are for states' rights unless they don't like what states are doing.' - CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, Republican congressman of Connecticut, on the Schiavo case. "

And one of the other ontologically independent Republicans, the venerable Senator from Virginia, Senator John Warner, and perhaps the only politician who even vaguely resembles George Washington, physically or spiritually, had this to say:

"This senator has learned from many years you've got to separate your own emotions from the duty to support the Constitution of this country. These are fundamental principles of federalism...It looks as if it's a wholly Republican exercise, but in the ranks of the Republican Party, there is not a unanimous view that Congress should be taking this step."