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by Walter Brasch

His face flushed, his cheeks puffing half-syllables of super-heated air, Sen. Porkbelly Fishbottom was about to swallow an aneurysm.

I threw water on his face, trying to cool him. It just sputtered and sizzled.

I tried quietly talking to him, trying to calm him down. He wasn't listening.

After five minutes, I was about to call 911 to report a stroke victim, when he said his first two-syllable word.

"Bahma!"

"Bama?" I asked. "Something wrong in Alabama? Is the school cancelling its professional football team?"

"Bahma!" he said, spitting out both syllables. His fire-red cheeks drained into his neck, leaving a pasty-white face. He was returning to normal, and there would be no need to call out a $2,500 lifeflight helicopter to take him to the nearest hospital. "Bahma!" he shouted again.

"Bahma? You want to bomb someone? Afghanistan? Syria? Connecticut?"

"Bahma, you fool! Pres'dunt. Traitor. Commie."

"Oh, you mean President Obama," I said.

"Bahma's the problem."

"What problem? Fishbottom was close to speaking in full sentences, so I didn't rush him.

"Killed the music. Lied to the people. Impeach him!"

Since Fishbottom and many of his colleagues spent most of their time sitting on their thumbs, while they figured out newer and better ways to obstruct necessary legislation, I assumed this was similar. It wasn't. The rotund Senator was furious, but now coherent. At least as coherent as he had ever been in his 30-year political career.

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Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism emeritus. His current books are Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution , America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional (more...)
 
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It is genuinely funny.  Thanks, SirBut in all... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 2:23:29 PM
This is such a tired commentary, and so obviously ... by John Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 3:15:40 PM
Obama won by 5 percentage points not .1% and lil o... by Rich Bergen on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 6:22:50 PM
I covered the GWB presidency, and don't recall Sch... by Walter Brasch on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 7:33:18 PM
Is that senator Foghorn Fishbottom of Missabammy?&... by Jerry Wesner on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 8:39:07 PM
Have the rethugs protest Against Obama and democra... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:50:09 AM
but it was good enough to warrant a comment. ... by Suzana Megles on Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 11:58:50 AM