Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Kerry Is so Very . . .

. . . in charge of a few things if the Democrats win a Senate majority. Here is a list of his committee assignments from his own Senate web page:

Committee on Finance
  • Health Care
  • Social Security and Family Policy
  • Long-term Growth and Debt Reduction Ranking Member

Committee on Small Business Committee, Ranking Member

Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Fisheries and the Coast Guard
  • Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development
  • Technology, Innovation, and Competitiveness Ranking Member
  • Global Climate Change and Impacts
  • National Ocean Policy Study

Committee on Foreign Relations
  • East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ranking Member
  • International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion
  • International Operations and Terrorism
  • Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs

So for every Senate Committee or Subcommittee in which Kerry is listed as Ranking Member, John Kerry potentially becomes Chairman. Now admittedly, he has less potential to do damage compared with many of his other Democratic Senate colleagues, but do you even want to trust him with this much policy responsibility? Kerry in charge of debt reduction, small business, innovation and competitiveness, or East Asian policy? Spare us!

One other thought: I wonder what Teddy Kennedy (or, for that matter, Teresa) thinks of Kerry's use of the term "doughy." Aren't portly Americans going to take offense? And what about WWI veterans and their families?