In One Eye

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
 
To assure readers of this blog that I can be as fair as the next fellow, I have to say that it's been a pretty good week thus far for Connecticut's junior senator. First, he was instrumental in the compromise concerning filibustering in the Senate. (At least, he's taking a good part of the credit: "[I]n a Senate that has become increasingly partisan and polarized the bipartisan center [meaning him, one assumes] held.")

I have to admit that I'm not sure that this resolution is necessarily a good thing, but representatives from both parties seem a bit disappointed with it, so perhaps it's as good as could be effected.

Then, when announcing that "five more Black Hawk helicopters will be made at [Stratford's Sikorsky] factory this year, and a contract for up to 84 more could be approved by Congress this week," he indicated
that he is confident that at least five of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s nine members will oppose closing the [Groton submarine] base. The commission, usually referred to as the BRAC, is an independent panel that will evaluate the list of base closures.
So, a victory for the bipartisan center, some more helicopters being manufactured in state, and the feeling that the Groton sub base will stay open: not a bad week at all for Senator Sanctimony.