Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Moment in Self-Serving Galantry with George Voinovich

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 5:06 AM

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Ohio's George Voinovich is the latest of four Republican U.S. senators who won't seek reelection come 2010. This isn't particularly unusual, since any party ejected from power tends to have a rash of retirements. What's funny is how they paint their departures with such selfless gallantry.

Voinovich, 72 and a career backbencher, could have cited any number of honest reasons for his retirement. "I'm old and I'm tired of this shit" would have been nice. "It sucks to be in the minority party" would have held a refreshing bluntness. Even something crotchety would work, such as "I'd rather stab myself in the face with a socket wrench than hang with these new guys like Al Franken."

Instead, he says he doesn't have time to campaign because he's devoting his entire being to the welfare of the country, making him something of a white Martin Luther King, only with a much thinner resume. Writes the Associated Press, whose bullshit meter is apparently broken:

The 72-year-old, considered a political moderate, said in a statement that challenges facing Ohio and the country will require him to devote all his energy to serving out his current term. Campaigning and fundraising would take time away from his work as a senator, he said.

"Those of us that have been given the honor to serve in these times must step up to the plate and put this country on a course that will see it through these harrowing times and make it strong and viable for the 21st century," Voinovich said.


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