Well, it looks like single-payer fanatics in Vermont decided to take Governor Peter Shumlin’s (D) despicable apostasy from their religion lying down: “The Vermont State Police have identified the 29 protesters arrested on suspicion of unlawful trespass for ignoring orders to leave the Statehouse following a sit-in Thursday in Montpelier.” More details here, including an unexpectedly entertaining YouTube video from “Democracy Now!” It’s very cute that DN! thinks that they’re people, in the media sense of the term; but it’s remarkable how many talking heads that that program attracts who look like they’re always ready to cringe from a blow.
PS: There’s a certain amount of nega-nostalgia involved here with the aforementioned YouTube video. Watching a couple of dozen people dutifully repeating (DUTIFULLY REPEATING) statements when there’s absolutely no practical need to (they’re inside and everybody can hear everybody else just fine) really hammers home just how ritualized the whole thing is with these people. There’s like, zero original thinking going on here at all.
Questions of corruption by Democratic nominee, alas, still remain.
…after two weeks. It’s hard to tell whether the general lack of energy involved was from civility or ennui: Republican Lt. Governor Brian Dubie was polling at over 50% for most of the candidates, and polls at 55%/36% against eventual nominee Peter Shumlin. Don’t expect a lot more polling of this race, by the way: as near as I can tell, its Toss-Up status among RCP and Cook is based mostly on that it’s Vermont and the incumbent Republican governor isn’t running.
But since lack of energy isn’t good for people, let’s kick it up a notch: as VT pro-tem Senate President Shumlin appointed David Blittersdorf to his state’s Clean Energy Development Fund. Blittersdorf then proceeded to apply for (and later get) over 4 million in tax credits from the fund while he was serving on its board. Blittersdorf has also contributed 8 grand to Shumlin’s campaign coffers. Shumlin’s response to all of this is to ask for Blittersdorf to resign from the CEDF; he won’t return Blittersdorf’s campaign contributions, apparently.
Does Shumlin think that it should end there? I’m mildly curious.
PS: Brian Dubie for governor.
Crossposted to RedState.