This week's Scene
looks at the culture of sleaze
in the legislature and considers whether Democrats will ever suffer at the ballot box for the transgressions of Jerry Cooper, et al. State GOP flack Bill Hobbs:
"Can I forecast that we definitely will win Cooper’s old seat? No, but we’ve seen this on the national level and on the state level—when there’s a steady drip, drip, drip of news and scandal that seems to focus more on one party than the other, that party eventually pays the price at the polls.”
Which gives me the opportunity to point to the latest from Rob Briley (courtesy of John Rodgers in the City Paper
). Turns out Briley was actually trying to drive himself to rehab when he got plastered, hit another car and led police on a 100-mph chase. And he only called police Nazis and kicked out the window of their squad car because his elbow was broken and it really, really hurt when they handcuffed him. And don't forget that the only reason he crawled into the bottle again in the first place was because he started remembering that he had been abused as a child by somebody. Poor bastard. The really crazy thing is that Democrats are always pointing to Briley as one of the brightest bulbs in the legislature.
: The City Paper editorializes
against the culture of sleaze and even Sean Braisted
can't muster much defense of Democrats, pointing out the outrageous plaudits
for Cooper from Senate leaders when he resigned.