Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Dept. of Even the Good Guys Aren't Perfect 

Barack Obama is running for the seat once held by self-described "Ethanol Queen" Carol Mosely-Braun. It seems like he is keeping with that bipartisan tradition of pandering to farmers. From an email sent to campaign supporters:

Senator Obama and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited Southern Illinois
and Metro East on a three-day swing April 14-16 to promote job creation
in the coal, ethanol and transportation industries. At stops in
Edwardsville and Effingham, Obama said he will fight the Bush administration to
make sure the government increases production of ethanol – not just oil
– in the federal energy bill. In Mount Vernon, Obama said he will work
to increase support for Southern Illinois road projects, such as the
important interchange at Interstate 57 and Illinois Route 15. The entire
trip was marked by large, supportive crowds and much positive media
I guess all politicians do this, but I'd be shocked if Jack! beats Obama because of the ethanol vote. There just aren't that many farmers compared to Cook County and surrounding areas. This is the first time Obama has disappointed me. What are you going to do, you know?
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