Do ya wannabe a U.S. Senator?

June 12, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

(See UPDATE for latest on a truly terrible rumor, more or less confirmed!)

If you live in Wyoming, you can enter the competition to complete the term of Senator Craig Thomas. It’s open to all comers (well, probably Democrats need not apply).

Following the funeral and burial yesterday (June 11) of Senator Thomas (who died on June 4), the Wyoming Republican Party announced a statewide search process for succeeding him. It’s kind of like American Idol without Paula and Simon. Check it out. But best you hurry, because completed application forms must be submitted by Thursday. Of course there's more! Click!

Here’s my abbreviated version of the official description of the Wyoming process, (down from four pages):

- Wyoming Statutes state that the Central Committee of the party of the Senator “vacating the office” (I believe it is safe to assume that Senator Thomas has vacated) has 15 days to bring forward a slate of three contenders for the slot. Then Wyoming’s governor has five days to select the successor.

- On Friday, Wyoming’s Republican Central Committee will vote by secret ballot (a different-colored ballot for each round of voting, should that become necessary) and submit its three finalists to the governor.

Apart from the y’all come aspect, the Wyoming procedure probably isn’t terribly different from that of other states. That said, there is something deliciously simple about this short, sweet Wyoming approach, don’t you think? Think about how long the U.S. presidential candidate contention has been in play already. And how much longer it’s going to go on.

Then think 20 days, start to finish (not counting whatever has been going on behind the scenes beforehand, of course). You present the finalists to the Authority Figure and let him/her decide.

Oh, wait. We already did that in 2000, didn't we?

Well, then, never mind.

(H/T Huffington Post)

UPDATE: State Sen. John Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon, is one of the first candidates to announce his interest in being appointed to the seat. "I'm proud of my record and will fight hard for our shared beliefs. Like Senator Thomas I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, the right to keep and bear arms, local control and a strong defense," Barrasso said in a statement. (Barbara note: Did I not tell you Dems need not apply??)

UPCHUCKDATE: This rumor has been making the rounds for the past week. Now, according to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for Lynne Cheney, wife of Darth, would not deny that Mrs. Darth might be a candidate for the Wyoming U.S. Senate seat. Oh, lordy, I'm gonna hurl for sure.

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perhansa (not verified) | June 12, 2007 - 1:28pm

In other words, only kooks, irrationals, conspiracy theorists, radical fundamentalist Christians, anti-evolutionists, survivalists, SUV-obsessed gas guzzlers, and gun-slinging fearmongers need apply. If you love John Wayne and Charlton Heston all the better.

If you think, don't bother. If you believe Liberte, Equalite, and Fraternite is only for the freakin' cheese eaters in France, sign up.

Cripes...What a country, huh? Sweden is looking better all the time.

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | June 12, 2007 - 3:40pm

Sweden! Land of my people. Well, Scotland being another. Which helps explain my inclination to say, "Wee" and "uffdah!"

I think the message in Wyoming is that they really don't give a rat's butt whether their Senator is competent as long as HE is a certifiable Republicon.

There was a rumor circulating for a while that Lynne Cheney might be interested in this wee Senate slot. UFFDAH!!

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Poet (not verified) | June 12, 2007 - 7:27pm

I'll give the Wyoming seat to Lady Darth of any other neoconned skinhead who wants it as long as Washington DC can have one representative and two Senators.

DC has more people than Wyoming, either Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Alaska. It probably doesn't have very many less than Nevada or Delaware.

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susan | June 12, 2007 - 11:25pm

Somehow I get the feeling it's all gonna get worse before it gets better, and that includes Wyoming sending us Lady Darth, or worse, and DC remaining voiceless. But, I'll take my little pleasures wherever I can find them: Our captcha glitch math problem is solved, at least temporarily replaced, and so Poet is able to comment again.

Now then, did MN readers see the two articles in the Strib that tell the tale about what our Republican governor, hand in hand with the Taxpayers' League, has achieved? Lower taxes and more people unemployed.

In May, MN's unemployment rate was higher than the national rate for the first time in history. And, MN's "tax burden" is no longer in the top ten. Heckuva job Gubner. I guess this sort of thing looks good on the Republican VP resume, but lots of unemployed people with time on their hands might be inclined to show up in St. Paul during the Republican convention next summer. Just a thought.

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perhansa (not verified) | June 13, 2007 - 7:14am

If I recall, the article painted an even clearer picture when you compare spending as a percent of per capita income--we were somewhere in the lower part of the middle third. That's just what I want MN to be...a non-descript, stuck-in-the-middle state, not.

Maybe DC will take our Gov away...Maybe we could dump John Kline too--he'd be perfect for the Wyoming Senate job--meets all the qualifications!

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susan | June 13, 2007 - 10:28am

Today there was an article about the city of St. Paul hitting the financial skids due to years of no-new-taxes and financial shell games played by the two former mayors. Can't wait til all those Repubs blow into St. Paul next summer and find it -- lacking. A childhood nursery rhyme pops into my mind.

"Hark, hark, the dogs do bark, the beggars are coming to town.
Some in rags and some in tags and some in velvet gowns."

Well, the Repubs are coming to town, and the city will be in rags and tags. Welcome to Pawlenty's St. Paul.

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Poet (not verified) | June 13, 2007 - 2:48pm

The Republican convention in St. Paul? What's next, the Democrats going to Omaha for their convention? I know the prostitutes (opps make that "sex workers"!) and Limo rental places will be glad for the business as well as all the law enforcement who have to "keep the peace".

My sympathies or the rest of you--but I guess they have got to go somewhere.

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paul miller (not verified) | June 13, 2007 - 5:02pm

LIAR!

Q Tony, is the watch the President displayed today the same watch from Albania?

MR. SNOW: Yes, it is -- actually, it is. (Laughter.) It is -- yes, he -- thank you for saying that. He pointed it out to us in the Oval today. That is, in fact, the watch that he was wearing in Albania.

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Jean T (not verified) | June 13, 2007 - 10:54pm

It is hot in Minneapolis. I am on work overload. And now I hear about the probablities of Ms Cheney? This is truly too much for a Minnesota June!

I love Wyoming. I have walked the Teton Crest and the Big Horn Range and the Wind River mountains. And until now I have been able to keep those memories in mind when I hear about Wyoming. But now?

May those beautiful peaks and valleys conspire in some great burst of nature and call on the cosmos to not deliver to Wyoming or to any of us, the governance of another Cheney.

I am going to fall on my knees right now!!

Jean, a lover of mountains and Wyoming and my own sanity

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susan | June 14, 2007 - 12:12am

Well Jean, we get what we deserve. You probably all saw this from the Gallup news service today, Kos and others had it, but just in case, here's the lede:

"The majority of Republicans in the United States do not believe the theory of evolution is true and do not believe that humans evolved over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. This suggests that when three Republican presidential candidates at a May debate stated they did not believe in evolution, they were generally in sync with the bulk of the rank-and-file Republicans whose nomination they are seeking to obtain.

Independents and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to believe in the theory of evolution. But even among non-Republicans there appears to be a significant minority who doubt that evolution adequately explains where humans came from."

Fall on your knees all right.

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | June 14, 2007 - 6:41am

Hey, welcome, Jean T. You know what? Wyoming is a micro example of the macro mess in this country. Take that lovely state, multiply by 50, divide by Republicrud, add a touch of greed and there you have the formula. "Fall on your knees." From "Oh, holy night" or "Oh holy shit"?? I forget.

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mls (not verified) | June 14, 2007 - 7:34pm

Re: The majority of Republicans in the United States do not believe the theory of evolution..."

For those folks in doubt of the evolution theory I suggest that they return to the ocean and see what happens the next
umpteenth millions of years. I tend to believe, well..., golly..., yikes..., oh boy..., "That Dick Cheney Looks Like a Shark." There, (sigh), I said it.

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