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How come that Moonie coronation didn't lose him the election in 2004? Did he have an opponent? Did the opponent have a campaign? How come the media didn't spend weeks discussing proper use of government buildings? Or strange cults?

Oh, he's a Republican. That makes it OK.

i can't believe someone can't beat the pants off this guy in an election. just run that Moonie thing over and over, with the quote...

are people not even trying?

I've noted Weldon before with his theories about the CIA identifying Atta and others hijackers before 9-11 and wondered why he gets a pass on this kind of tinfoil stuff, but leftwing moonbat types don't. I find myself strangely pleased to see that Weldon is really a few sandwiches short of a picnic lunch

As a resident of the Philly suburbs (but fortunately not Weldon's district), all I can say is that Weldon's repeated re-elections (he's been in Congress since 1987) are the result of Delaware County being controlled by a Republican machine. Loony as he is, and impressive as Sestak's resume is, he is the most likely to survive of the endangered Republicans in the Philly suburbs.

Errrr.... I share the bewilderment of earlier posters. Dantheman actually makes it a tad worse -- I always figured Weldon was from one of those economically comatose districts in the center of the state. Is Weldon still likely to win, despite the sleaze, despite the apparent mental illness?

By the way, kvenlander, here in DC, the right-wingers know the Washington Times is a Moon organ, they know many of the spooky rituals and statements that Moon is prone to, and -- it doesn't matter. The Times reliably produces stories that reinforce orthodoxy.

anyone like the loon link?

the loon link is teh loony!

tahnks!

[seriously, it's a nice touch]

Dantheman: As a resident of the Philly suburbs (but fortunately not Weldon's district), all I can say is that Weldon's repeated re-elections (he's been in Congress since 1987) are the result of Delaware County being controlled by a Republican machine.

But if even senior Republicans can see that Weldon is a dangerous loon, why is he still getting the support of the Republican re-election machine?

Sorry, Hil, I didn't click on it cause I saw it was a wav file. However, the effort at multisensory posting is appreciated, as long as we keep clear of the olfactoric...

I live in Weldon's district, and it is indeed controlled by a Republican machine. Strangely, if you read only the local press, you'd never know he was wacky. Look at the Delco Times website and search for "Curt Weldon" for the last three months. his wackiness is scarcely mentioned. I count one article touching on it (relating to Ghorbanifar), and that's it. Even the two articles where Weldon claims that Iraq is rife with WMD only tell it from his point of view.

Why does he get re-elected? Because his constituents don't know who he really is, plus pork and power. Those were the grounds for the Delco Times endorsement last time around.

Jes,

"But if even senior Republicans can see that Weldon is a dangerous loon, why is he still getting the support of the Republican re-election machine?"

David's answer is a large part of it. Even the Philadelphia Inquirer (which hilzoy quoted at length and which has national pretensions) has only just started to notice his looniness, as I do not recall (for example) the Rev. Moon connection ever being reported there.

Also, remember that this is the local party machinery, not the national one. Weldon is one of the most senior members of it (with the other senior members content to hold county commissioner or judgeship offices).

"The 95"? What are you, a Californian? We don't use "the" with our highway numbers here on the East Coast.

Kvenlander, unfortunately there were some Democrats at the Moon coronation as well -- possibly connected with Moon's bizarrely successful campaign to get urban black churches to replace their crosses with Moon's crown. Nothing's happened to them either.

KCinDC: Oh. My. God. My nine years outside LA did leave a trace.

It always leaves a mark.

Wow, now I feel the urge to go through all of hilzoy's previous posts and see whether she speaks of "purses" or "pocketbooks", "tennis shoes" or "sneakers", "freeways" or "highways".

We're fighting a losing battle with our children to make them speak like the Californians they truly are somewhere deep inside, rather than like the Connecticutians they've spent their entire lives around. You should see us react with righteous fury when they pronounce "kitten" as /ki?in/ (i.e. with a glottal stop in the middle) instead of /kitn/.

Administration loses Hamdan, from SCOTUSBlog:

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Congress did not take away the Court's authority to rule on the military commissions' validity, and then went ahead to rule that President Bush did not have authority to set up the tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and found the "military commissions" illegal under both military justice law and the Geneva Convention. The vote was 5-3, with the Chief Justice not taking part.

KenB, these days when I find myself saying "motorway" rather than "highway" or "freeway" and "trainers" instead of "sneakers" or "tennis shoes" I measure just how transcontinental I've really become...

Look at the stuff the Washington Times used to print about right-wingers in the 80's:

HOMOSEXUAL CHILD PROSTITUTION RING INVOLVING GEORGE BUSH SR.

http://tinyurl.com/626uc

I wonder what made them stop?

I'll spare you the links to my old posts on Weldon and Moon, or any other old Weldon posts, but I do think that at least a passing mention of the Logan Act is missing from this discussion.

We have few more venerable laws, after all.

"Errrr.... I share the bewilderment of earlier posters."

Look, our system is entirely broken. We don't have competitive elections, save in about 35 or fewer out of 435 districts.

We have less turnover than the Supreme Soviet or the Chinese Congress of People's Deputies ever had.

Period. End of story. It.s Broken.

But have some details.

n 1998, President Clinton's sixth-year election, just 33 House members out of 435 stepped down from their posts--many to seek another elected office such as a Senate seat or a Governorship. A mere seven U.S. Representatives lost their House seats through defeat, one in a primary and the other six in the general election. The overall reelection rate for House members seeking another term was 98 percent.

[...]

In 2002 [...] The reelection rate for House members plummeted from the 98 percent of 1998 all the way down to...96 percent.

This is why I wouldn't count on the Democrats retaking the House or Senate, much as I'd like to see it, much as it's hard not to get one's hopes up, much as the national climate may favor us.

The national climate is apt to be largely irrelevant.

The. System. Is. Broken.

Weldon is just a sympton. A lunatic, once in Congresss, is apt to be almost unable to be voted out. Senate, two. Look at Bunning and Coburn and....

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