Tony Blair Suspended Northern Ireland Elections. Will US Elections Be Next? --by Jane Stillwater, CLG contributing writer
"Where are all the elected Representatives?" you ask incredulously. Everyone knows that Northern Ireland has been at peace now for several years. So what is that country now doing without a government?
"Tony Blair called off the elections last spring," answers the lone rent-a-cop guarding the elaborately carved and chandeliered (and vacant) foyer. What?
"All the Northern Ireland reps are in limbo, waiting on Blair," the guard continued. "We have an 83-year-old representative here who isn't even being allowed to retire until new elections are held. And the rest of them can't get on with their lives, can't take new jobs, can't even quit. They just sit around gathering cobwebs, waiting for Blair to approve new elections." Which apparently he has not done because he is afraid that Sinn Fein, a local political party identified with Gerry Adams and Irish nationalism, will win them.
If this happened in the United States, it would be the equivalent of George Bush calling off Congressional elections for fear that the Democrats might win. It would be the same as if the head of the Oval Office got up one day and announced to Frist, Kucinich, Delay, Kerry, Gephardt or whoever you elected to congress that their services are no longer needed.
If Bush follows Blair's example, school children touring our nation's Capitol will find only empty chambers and an occasional security guard.
Because Bush and Blair tend to follow the same political ideology, what happened in Northern Ireland might give us a glimpse into Bush's election strategy for 2004.
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