Like George, Burris is not a retiring sort. Like George, he's happy to mix it up. Burris, unlike a number in his party, has continued to joust with me on Twitter and elsewhere on points of disagreement. I don't think during my columnist years I ever wrote a word of praise for Lloyd George's endeavors, but he never failed to greet me with a, "Hey, Big Boy" and a grin and a backslap and perhaps a dismissive remark about whatever I'd criticized him about lately. The cliche that applies is someone comfortable in their own skin. And confident. I think Burris has that same confidence. The narrower sorts, hewing fast to black/white dogma and fearful of every lurking shadow (even that thrown by a trashy throwaway tabloid writer), don't.
Burris, who devotes full-time to legislative work, tells Lyon he has no political plans beyond seeking another term in the House and says he doesn't want to be minority leader again. I regret that. Because, as hard-line as Republican party politics are these days, Burris doesn't push to within a micrometer of the line every single time. He retains a dose of pragmatism, as do a handful of other Republicans that I won't embarrass by naming as a member of my GOP Sanity Caucus. The great question is who'll be in charge in 2013, if Republicans take control. It might be I'll rue Burris' absence from leadership.
PS — I should have credited Burris for speaking in favor of repealing legislation that would give truckers a sales tax break later this year. It was supposed to be granted in return for a diesel tax increase. But that diesel increase isn't going to happen. It's only common sense that they shouldn't get a $4 million tax break they haven't earned, but the GOP Crazy Train Caucus (Nate Bell, chmn.) doesn't see it that way.
Anybody know what construction measures will secure the building against the forecasted large earthquake?
Just when you thought things could only get worse and it's all downhill from here…
Oscillating one's follicles is another time-honored beauty regimen, Olph-. Though most discover a simple version…
A&E Feature / To-Do List / In Brief / Movie Reviews / Music Reviews / Theater Reviews / A&E News / Art Notes / Graham Gordy / Books / Media / Dining Reviews / Dining Guide / What's Cookin' / Calendar / The Televisionist / Movie Listings / Gallery Listings