I searched the BlueNC posts for this week and one unifying theme stood out - ethics. Gregflynn has done an excellent job keeping us current on the attempts at ethics reform by our legislators in Raleigh and I hope to find some political cartoons from some of our NC papers that address ethics reform. I'm sure they are out there.
How, how could I tie in ethics with Saturday Morning Funnies? After a moment it struck me that a visit to Scrutiny Hooligans would help answer that question. Screwy's answer to my question? Charles Taylor, one of the most ethically-challenged congressmen in Washington. And, with that I give you pork. Ohhhhhh yeeeaaaahhhh.
Charles Taylor isn't the only congressman who thinks the way to a constituent's heart is to deliver pork but for Chuckie Tee that might be the only egg he has left in his basket. Charlie Cook of The National Journal is still listing NC-11 as one of the 14 hottest races in the House and he hints that pork might not be enough to save Taylor this time. That's a good thing, because you can see what happens to a young mind when confronted with too much pork.
The race is taking its toll on old Charles Taylor too. He's never been up against a Democrat who so closely resembled the core constituency of his district. Here, is a picture of Charles Taylor taken shortly before Heath Shuler announced his candidacy....
and here's what he looks like today....
Poor Chuckie Tee is going gray. Stress will do that to you, Chuck. Of course, Heath isn't the only reason Charles Taylor is worrying. The fact is. He's become an even more widely known butt of jokes. Syntax shares with us this priceless still from Colbert....
....and Syntax links to this great slapdown of Taylor in a recent Colbert show. Click on the pic to go to Crooks and Liars to view the video of the clip.
Finally, no post about Charles Taylor would be complete without a fresh link to TaylorSucks.org where we find Charles Taylor getting to Mom and Dad through the little kiddies. Click on the picture and read...oh my.
Charles Taylor may be just one of many poster children for ethics reform in Washington, but he's our poster child and it's our responsibility to make sure he gets as much attention as he deserves. With that in mind I leave you with a parting shot. We've seen it before, but it deserves repeating.
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