I'm kind of at a loss here. In my previous post I gave George W. Bush props for making what might be his first intelligent decision since the invasion of Afghanistan by agreeing to turn over jurisdiction for the domestic wiretapping program to an independent court, and now I'm about to make it two GOP-praising posts in a row. What on earth for?
On January 16 there was a roll-call vote on a bill commending the Florida Gators for winning the 2006 national title. One of those formality-type OK, let's do something goofy before we have to get down to the real job of running the country etc. kind of things. Everybody votes yea, they have a little chuckle, and then move on to health care or gay marriage or whatever.
Only not so fast. The vote was 414-1. The lone dissenter? Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia's 1st District (which includes Savannah, Brunswick, and pretty much the entire southeast corner of the state).
Wow. Two other Georgia representatives, Democrat John Barrow (who represents Athens) and Republican John Linder, voted "present" (as did Californian Pete Stark, for some reason). But Kingston wasn't content to do this. He's a University of Georgia grad, he despises the Gators like a good Georgia grad should, and he wasn't going to lend his support to even the most trivial of plaudits for the Gators' 2006 title run.
I'll be honest, Rep. Kingston -- I'm a Democrat, and a liberal one at that, so I can't say that I've ever agreed with you on anything before. There's a good chance I won't ever agree with you on anything ever again. But for this independent stand, for having a pair of balls that evidently nobody else in the Georgia delegation could quite muster, you have my running endorsement from now until the end of time. Thank you, sir, and may God bless America, the 1st District of Georgia, and the Dawgs.
Jack Kingston: Lawmaker, Georgia alumnus, defender of the faith.
Dawg fans, Gator haters of all stripes, whether you're on the left or the right, send your kudos to the distinguished gentleman from Georgia here.
(Hat tip: EDSBS's Orson, who is not nearly so approving.)