A reader writes:
Why does it seem that there is rarely, if ever, any backlash against politicians who quit? Just recently Jesse Jackson Jr. and now Jim DeMint have called it quits, with Mr. Jackson running for reelection almost certainly knowing that, due to his health, he would resign once reelected. These individuals were elected by their constituents to serve a term of two or six years, in an election that costs taxpayers. Then they quit mid-term, forcing taxpayers to pay for special elections while they move on to cushier positions. And then an individual who wasn’t voted into office by his or her constituents is appointed by the governor. Something seems inherently wrong with all of this.
Yes, it does. Another:
Republican officials don’t believe in government. Influencing the direction of the country is best done via Fox News, K Street, or think tanks. Is there a precedent for this? Is it just the response of a minority party? Is it a response to Congress’ ineffectiveness, or is it a cause of it? I hope the DeMint retirement brings up these questions.
The GOP has long preferred politics to government, and they like their politics as entertainment. That’s why they’re the minority party – and wouldn’t control even the House without blatant gerrymandering. Maybe the exposure of cynics like Palin and DeMint may prod some reform. But the rot is so deep … and begins at Limbaugh and Fox News. The first Republican who takes them on will be the forger of the future.
(Photo: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves to the crowd while taking the stage before officially resigning during the annual Governor’s Picnic on July 26, 2009 at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska. Sean Parnell was sworn in as the new Governor and Craig E. Campbell the new Lieutenant Governor. By Eric Engman/Getty Images)