Monday, December 08, 2008


Louisiana Meets Alaska?

Was Dylan right? Are the times really a-changing? This weekend, Bayou State voters (well, those in Nawlins anyway) followed in the footsteps of Alaska's and said goodbye to their walking embodiment of corruption.

Ted Stevens got the boot on November 4th (well, after all the votes were counted a week or so later). And on Saturday, Louisiana's delayed-by-hurricane congressional elections produced the electoral expulsion of William Jefferson, he of the "cold cash" bribery indictment. Amazingly, the indicted African American Democrat lost to a Republican by the name of Anh "Joseph" Cao, who will now be the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress.

So, in this year of Obama, Louisiana -- home of the first South Asian Indian-American (Republican) governor -- sends another "first" Congress. And, this from a state that pretty much wrote the book on tolerating political corruption (well, the chapters not written by Chicago politicians, anyway)!!!

Now, that's diversity!!

Yeah, there is indeed some major-league change going on.

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