For awhile now, I've been so busy or distracted or something that I haven't taken time to read much of the daily newspaper. Maybe it was election overload. For so long there was only one story, and I followed it so intently that when it ended I lost interest in anything else that was going on.
So now I pick up the paper and it's like 1993 again. A president-elect has nominated to a Cabinet post a woman who had an undocumented alien working in her home. Is there nothing new under the sun? Clinton had two nominees for attorney general hounded out of Washington. I don't think the nation would lose much if the same thing happened to Bush's choice for labor secretary, but I'm not sure it's the kind of crime that should disqualify a person from serving her country.
Bush has every right to nominate John Ashcroft, who may or may not be a gun-loving, anti-choice, racist homophobe, for attorney general. (See how reasonable I am?) And fair-minded Senators from both parties have every right to question him on his views and make sure he would enforce gun laws, and civil rights laws, and laws protecting clinic access. No one who doesn't believe he can do the job has any obligation to vote to confirm him.
One factor used against Gore in the recent election (remember that?) was that he voted to confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. So if that's going to be a basis for casting my vote, maybe I should see how my Senators cast their own votes in the confirmation process, and how the new president's administration performs over the next four years. If I'm not happy, I'll know what to do.
Oh, but I can't leave it up to Boxer and Feinstein. I have to pay attention to what's going on in Washington and keep letting them know what I expect them to do about it. I kind of relish wading into the upcoming debates. I plan to be an active participant. It's the prerogative of the minority to stand up for itself and, if necessary, howl about the abuses of the majority.
Whoa! That felt good. It's been a long time, eh?