Mulligans: What's Joe Barton got against pigtails?
Dim bulb? Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the lawmaker who apologized to BP during the oil spill, is now making apologies for incandescent light bulbs. The incoming chairman of the House Commerce committee vows to fight efforts to replace the bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which Barton labels "the little, squiggly, pig-tailed ones."
Don't tire-tread on me. Virginia was for lovers. Now it's for the cold-blooded -- specifically, the reptile that will appear on a new license plate if a Tea Party effort prevails. Tea Party-backed legislation has been filed in the assembly to create a license plate with a coiled snake and the words "Don't Tread on Me."
Who's afraid of Mama Grizzly? Not Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). The New England moderate says of Sarah Palin: "It's a lot easier to charge people up than to actually govern." She also says Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is joining or "Mod Squad." That's "mod" as in "moderates," not Christopher Buckley's "Merchants of Death." Her Maine Republican colleague, Sen. Olympia Snowe, probably won't be so cheeky: She's up for reelection in 2012.
Hanging chads, hanging immigrants. Florida doesn't have a high-profile recount this year, but its resourceful residents are still finding ways to entertain the nation. A spokesman for Gov.-elect Rick Scott acknowledges that his campaign paid one of its staffers with gift cards instead of a paycheck. But Scott will have to do better than that if he wants to top congressman-elect Allen West. The Republican hired as his chief of staff a talk-radio host who reportedly said that if an illegal immigrant commits a crime, "we should hang you and send your body back to where you came from, and your family should pay for it."
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