At my speech this morning to the state retirees, I took a question from the audience asking the ubiquitous question, Why is there always so much "bad" news in the paper instead of "good" news?
Well, that reader apparently missed the truly excellent news on this morning’s front page. That wasn’t the first place I heard about it, though. It was the very first thing I heard at 6 a.m. on my clock radio, which stays tuned to NPR. The only thing that caused me concern in that report was the brief sound clip from our own Lindsey Graham (whom you can see, second from right, if you click on the picture to blow it up), who said he expected to take a political hit back home for having been part of the small band of true leaders who pulled the Senate back from the "nuclear" brink on judicial nominations. Specifically, he said, "People at home are gonna be very upset at me for a while."
I have no doubt that he will hear from the narrow interests whose great goal in life is to infest our representative bodies with ideological and partisan hatreds, to whom this development is a serious body blow. More than that, these well-funded groups will use phone campaigns, automated and otherwise, to stir up easily excitable constituents back home to howl partisan imprecations at these senators for daring to be statesmen.
So you know what? Everybody — and I do mean everybody — who appreciates what Sen. Graham and his handful of sensible colleagues have done to restore sanity should take the time to let him know about it. You can reach Mr. Graham at this address or (202) 224-5972. And you can find addresses (including snail mail addresses) and phone numbers for all senators at http://www.senate.gov/.
It’s a fact of political life that angry extremists are far more likely to contact their lawmakers that reasonable, mature people. So grownups, please take a few moments out of your busy schedules filled with responsible tasks, and give the senator an attaboy. He’s gonna need to hear it.