Freshman Orientation

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI don't know about y'all, but the freshmen orientations I attended were alternately nerve-wracking and mind-numbingly dull. There are elements of both for 34-year old Heath Shuler and also the context of being an elected member of one of the most reputable and powerful bodies in the world. I'll stop trying to compare anything I've done to what Heath is doing forthwith.

WaPo: "A former NFL quarterback, a seven-fingered farmer and a '70's rocker who posed half-naked on an old album cover began learning Monday how to be members of Congress."
"They kept saying, 'You didn't tell us it would be this hard,'" [Chuck] Schumer quipped. "This is a great group - some are liberal, some are conservative, some are moderate."

One new senator who campaigned strenuously on his opposition to the war, Jim Webb of Virginia, said he was rushing to keep up with the new demands on his schedule.

"I haven't been able to relax yet," said Webb."
"Shuler, also a Democrat, was elected from a traditionally conservative district in western North Carolina, running a moderate campaign to bring "mountain values" to the halls of Congress. He's the latest former NFL player to win a seat in Congress, following Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp and Seattle Seahawks receiver Steve Largent, both Republicans."
"Politics, however, took a back seat to procedure for most of the day, as wide-eyed rookie lawmakers seemed both excited and awed.

"From both parties, we all sort of have the same feeling: 'Wow! Is this really happening?'" said Michael Arcuri, D-N.Y."

Yes, it's really happening. You're really tasked with leading our nation out of this six-year slide into imperialism, corporatism, and violations of human rights. Those of us who phone banked for you, knocked on doors, sported bumper stickers and yard signs, and ultimately cast our votes for you are expectant. Hoping and worrying is hard work, so please start making believers out of us just as soon as you can.

Congratulations, Congressman Shuler. We're counting on you.


Go Heath!

I don't expect someone who mirrors my views exactly. I'm just thrilled that Heath is a pro-environment Democrat. He's very young and he has a lot to learn. I'm sure he'll do just fine. I might not agree with every vote he makes, but I'm just so happy he's in Washington and I'm proud of all the folks who worked so hard to put him there.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

There we go, thinking alike again.


I can feel the integrity and seriousness of purpose leaking through the ether. These guys are going to be great.

And the American people are going to get an apples-to-apples comparison that will shame the Party of Greed into a dark little corner.

Plus this: if our guys ever start to lose their way, they KNOW we're watching and will call them out.

Congratulations again, Screwy, on an awesome effort over the past few months!

I was so excited when I read this story.

I loved the part about Tester having to empty his pockets and not thinking it was a big deal at all. Then, the security guards finally figured out who he was : )

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I have to say

Heath as Congressman Shuler is wonderful to see. Not sure his win had really sunk in with me until you posted this pic. Thanks, Screwy.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

How sweet it is!

Thanks for the link, Screwy, it warms my heart to read it.

Western North Carolina Dems ROCK!

Y'all did it! Woot!

Thanks so much and a big congrats to Congressman Shuler.

Thanks to Heath Shuler

we have this new Congressional Delegation Map, brought to you from a diary in Kos.

Check out that BLUE NC.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Beautiful picture

Awesome...for the most part. I'm kinda surprised though that Michigan and Delaware are red in that regard...go figure.