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June 23, 2008
Temper Tantrum of the Month
But U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen (D–Appleton) apparently was channeling his inner two-year-old when he made this comment at the Democratic Party Convention in Stevens Point earlier this month: “They don’t belong in Washington, they don’t belong in our statehouses, they don’t belong in our local governments for centuries to come for what they’ve done to our country.” (Brought to you by The Appletonian.)
So are we to expect that Comrade Kagen will introduce a bill in the next Congress to arrest, try and imprison all Republicans? Or will he be satisfied with introducing a constitutional amendment to ban the Republican Party?
Kagen apparently is insufficiently intelligent or lacks enough sense to figure this out, so I’ll give him a piece of advice that costs much less than $3.899 per gallon: Democrats do not win elections in the Eighth Congressional District by getting out only the Democratic vote. For Kagen to win re-election, he will have to get Republican-leaning voters to vote for him. Kagen’s aforementioned burst of verbal diarrhea is not only unbecoming of a congressman, it is far beneath his constituents, at least half of whom are sympathetic toward the Republican Party.