"Parker Griffith has abandoned the legacy of conservative leadership provided by Bud Cramer, Ronnie Flippo, Bob Jones, Howell Heflin, Jim Allen, Lister Hill, John Sparkman, Big Jim Folsom, and so many more. I appreciate Congressman Griffith's being a very dedicated congressman. But we believe he made a mistake -- a well-intentioned but misguided mistake that is not in the interest of the great people of North Alabama who elected him a year ago as a Democrat."Even Mr. Griffith's intern joined the mass resignation of his staff. What makes this noteworthy is that Congress wouldn't run without congressional staffs. It's the staff people who put in the long hours, accept ruined social lives, endure gasbags and inflated egos and lesser intellects than they, and take constant abusive treatment with little or no recognition, for . . . what?
Not for the money. But for a set of principles, an idea called good government and American democracy, an idealistic desire to serve the American people and help make our lives a little better. Anyone who has ever watched C-Span knows this.
Congressional staffs are fuckin' awesome, and I hope someday they'll get the recognition they deserve. In the meantime, there are some really good people on Parker Griffith's former staff who would make great additions to any congressional (I hope, Democratic) staff.