What I Want for Christmas
posted at 9:24 am on December 23, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
I don’t celebrate Christmas, though I certainly envy those who do. As a child I felt I was missing out on the experience of gleefully trundling downstairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa had left me. Of course, living in a neighborhood where 99 percent of the households were Jewish, I suppose I didn’t think about it that often.
What brought this to mind this year was the announcement yesterday by Alabama congressman Parker Griffith that he was jumping ship from the Democrat to the Republican Party. I got to thinking: What if the good congressman had been instead a good senator? What a fabulous early Christmas present that would be! Can you imagine the look on Harry Reid’s face if some Democrat senator were to announce today that he was inspired by the actions of Parker Griffith and that he too is switching party allegiances? Or better still, tomorrow morning, when the vote on passage of the Senate version of the bill is scheduled to take place, imagine the sweet irony of some senator making the announcement that he had suffered pangs of conscience and would be voting against this dreaded piece of legislation. Why, ol’ Harry might drop dead on the spot, at which point a fierce battle would erupt among the 18,000 devils to whom he bartered his soul to get this deal done.
As to those Democrats who claim that Parker Griffith’s “defection” was cynical and politically motivated — much like Arlen Specter’s — I suggest they stuff it in their Christmas stockings. Switching from the majority to minority party is an act of courage, something Democrats will never understand.
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