Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Home-boy Menedez wins
Legacy of corruption trumps dynasty of presumption

It is with sigh of relief that your blogstress notes that one of her least favorite sons of Jersey has triumphed in the race for the Garden State's Senate seat. Yes, Bob Menendez, your Webwench's former congressman, has now won his place in that august body, despite his Hudson County roots and the whiff of corruption that the old money, in the form of scion Tom Kean, Jr., kept fanning back on him.

The source of your net-tĂȘte's distaste for the Hudson County honcho stems not, however, from any accusation of corruption, but rather personal experience. Back in the 1980s, some very bad people known as the contras were being armed by the United States in order to make war upon the Marxist government of Nicaragua -- which, for better or worse, was probably the most socially progressive the Nicaraguans had ever known. The contras' idea of making war on the Sandinistas, however was to actually rape and torture civilians, leading liberals such as yours truly to call for the end to funding of this despicable group.

A vote for contra funding was coming up, so being a good little liberal nerd, your cybertrix called her congressman to ask him not to give a yea to guns for murderers, and she later received a letter thanking her for advocating for funding for the contras, a measure ultimately supported by Rep. Menendez.

A friend who was then an operative in the Hudson County Democratic machine explained, "Oh, they just looked at your zip code and assumed you were a right-wing Cuban."

Hasta la vista, baby.

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