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Getting Nasty

Watching C-Span, one often wishes our congressional debates were a bit more like those in England’s House of Commons. Lamar Alexander, however, is giving the Brits a run for their money. “After hearing the senator from Hawaii [Akaka], this bill is worse than I thought,” he said, before launching his second broadside on the Akaka bill. “This is a breathtaking event: This establishes a new nation within the United States of America. I suspect there might be a lot of aggrieved people in this nation that might want to start their own nation. . . . How can we be discussing on the floor of the Senate . . . a bill creating a new government based on race? That might be the United Nations, but it’s not the United States.” Throughout his speech, he had trouble repressing chuckles at the sheer absurdity of the Akaka bill–and he had a number of pointed comments directed at his “greatly respected” colleagues from Hawaii.

 

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