by Max Brantley
Hey, that was a good line about George Washington's picture in the British outhouse in "Lincoln." On the federal observance of his birthday, an open line. Closing out with:
* LT. GOV. MARK DARR LEANING TOWARD U.S. SENATE RUN: OK then, Mark Darr seems to indicate to City Wire he's leaning toward a race for U.S. Senate. Democrats should cheer this prospect. Go, Mark, go. On the other hand, he might run for re-election. Or he might choose to run for Congress from the 2nd or 4th District should the incumbent either place decide to run for U.S. Senate. Or, hell, he might become a fireman.
* REPRESENTATIVE TO RETURN TO WORK: I wrote a bit over the weekend about freshman Democratic Rep. Mark McElroy's leave-taking from the House after some emotional events in the House, capped by a partisan political prayer by a Republican preacher. McElroy departed after a rambling speech that included a reference to the political nature of the prayer. A news release today said:
Rep. Mark McElroy (District 11) was treated and released by physicians over the weekend after medical episode on the House floor Friday morning. Rep. McElroy said he expects to return the House floor later this week.
“I want to thank my fellow members for coming to my aid Friday morning and everyone who has sent their well wishes and concerns,” said Rep. McElroy. “Doctors have made a diagnosis for a non-life threatening condition. I truly regret the timing of the incident. However, I am now receiving proper treatment and doctors are confident this will prevent any future episodes. I look forward to returning to the House and representing the people of District 11.“
McElroy has told several colleagues about his concern for how poor people have suffered at the hands of legislative activities so far. It can wear a body down.
* TODAY'S IDIOCY: If Arkansas refuses federal money to expand Medicaid, Republican Sen. J. Hendren has an idea — the feds should return $660 million in tax money to Arkansas. No, they'll send it to New York and California instead.