by Peter Freyne
Good Monday afternoon! And the sun is certainly shining bright on Burlington, Vermont. I wish I was out biking. But I’m here...blogging.
About the U.S. Senate race? Are you serious? It’s been over for quite awhile even if whatshisname's commercials go on ad nauseum.
But I don’t decide the Senate Minority Leader’s schedule and if Barbara Boxer wants to come to Burlington, Vermont, heck, come visit!
Standing-room only at Contois Auditorium at City Hall - upstairs and downstairs. A very pro-choice, antiwar crowd as you might imagine. Barbara was here to stump for Bernie Sanders, the soon to be famous Vermont Independent United States Senator.
As someone who was also kicking around City Hall on that March 1981 night Sanders won the mayor's office - by 10 votes - I've had quite the political life to cover. There is only one Bernie Sanders and the U.S. Senate is in for a treat.
The nooner at City Hall was a well-run pep rally and a very lively one.
Bernie looked into his crystal ball and imagined the changes in the current one-party rule on Capitol Hill November 7 might bring. Vermont’s Sen. Patrick J. Leahy would become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And Bernie paid particular attention to the chairmanship of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
“Right now there is a gentleman named James Inhofe of Oklahoma who chairs that committee. And Mr. Inhofe has the profound view that global warming is one of the great hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people. This is a man who chairs the most important environmental committee in the United States Congress. Well, guess who’s going to replace him?” shouted Sanders. “It’s going to be Barbara Boxer!”
Sen. Boxer told the upbeat audience she can’t wait to hear Bernie’s “sweet tones” in the U.S. Senate next year.
“This is a subservient Congress,” said Boxer. “This is a rubber stamp Congress in the House and Senate,” she said, “and it’s dangerous for America.”
I dare say most Vermonters would agree with her, eh?
Meanwhile did y’all catch the piece on NPR’s Morning Edition about the self-funded Republican candidate in the race whose incessant deluge of negative, grouchy, slanted, insulting attack ads are driving normal Vermonters on all sides of the aisle nuts?
I know because they call me, or email me, or stop me on the street to voice a complaint.
Can't blame 'em.
Richie Rich, you've certainly made an impression.