Thursday, August 13, 2009

Red Fish Blue Fish*

The concept of odiferous ichthyoids has proven rather popular of late – on either side of the political aisle.

On the GOP right, our own 10th District Representative Paul Broun likened the Democrats’ health care proposals to “smelly, rotten fish.” The good doctor used this rhetoric during his town hall meetings in both Evans on Monday (the turnout was so large, a second session had to be arranged) and Clarkesville on Tuesday. Word from his office is that a meeting may be scheduled for the Athens area. Of course, it comes as no surprise that Broun is disinclined to support the proposals – and with darned good reason in my opinion.

On the Democrat left, first consider Obama Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, who legendarily sent a dead fish to a pollster as the means of registering his dissatisfaction (see here and here). Granted, the incident took place a while back – but you've got to admit that it is still pretty good.

Next consider that the Obama Administration is encouraging the populace to report “fishy” opposition to the Dem’s health care proposals to the Oval Office (see here and here). I will certainly agree that something here does not pass the smell test, but to my thinking the odor wafts up not from folks protesting a government takeover of health care, but rather from our betters in the White House channeling Saul Alinsky and David Axelrod.

*Apologies to Mr. Geisel.

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