Thursday, May 12, 2005
The Senate, God love it
During today's Senate Judiciary (stay with me here!) Committee debate on the nomination of former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the 11th Circuit, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made the comment that Democrats don't understand the South. Now, I have to say the man is right. I have had the fortune of spending a year in Alabama, and during that time I learned many perplexing and even confounding things which I'm sure only scratch the surface, for instance, the fact that that macaroni & cheese is a vegetable, that "The War Between the States" is a polite term for what might otherwise be called "The War of Northern Aggression," and that the phrase "X, God love him" is not an evangelical blessing, but rather a wind-up for the biggest smack-down the deliverer can possibly muster, as in: "Sam, God love him, he's not going to amount to much," or "Suzy, God love her, she's a heavy girl."
So I felt pretty smart with my carpetbagger insight, when out of nowhere in the same Committee meeting comes Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), seemingly the biggest Yankee around, responding to some kind of crack-smoking claim by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) with, "Orrin, God love you, I don't know how you can say that with a straight face." Ooohh!! A barely veiled bitch-slap to Hatch, with an implicit Dixie dis to Sessions! Or maybe it was just me--Sessions, God love him, didn't seem to notice.