, Newburyport, MA


January 26, 2013

Swinging from extreme right to hard left

I was halfway through my morning coffee when I looked up to see Big Freddy, totally bundled up, making his way to our booth.

“You’re well insulated this morning,” I said as he began to peel back his top layer.

“Like old times,” he said as he shoved his overcoat into the bench seat corner.

“Global unwarming,” I said.

“Reminds me of winters when we were a lot younger,” Freddy said.

“And a lot tougher,” I said.

“Which is why I’m a great backer for global warming,” Freddy said. “Fuel prices are up the bazoo.”

“Well, it wasn’t all that cold down in Washington for the inaugural on Monday,” I said.

“Obama saw to that,” Freddy said. “Turned up the wick on the GOP big-time.”

“Not your regular inaugural address,” I said.

“Not by a long shot,” Freddy said. “Figures he’s got the Grand Old Party on the run, which you can’t blame him for thinking because it’s been shooting itself in the foot, politically speaking.”

“Well, it certainly would appear so,” I said.

“Over-reaching will do that, short term,” Freddy said.

“With the far right in the House going too far?” I asked.

“It happens,” Freddy said. “Far Right, Far Left — history’s full of it. It’s all about power — the revolution thing. It was why the Democrats lost the House. Now, it’s the Republicans on the receiving end there. Their House majority weathered the election, but they’re going to have to move more to the middle to hold on to what they have two years from now.

“We’ve lived through how many ups and downs of both parties? Go too far, it’s Katy bar the door for the one in power.”

“Democrats took some House seats back, but Republicans still rule it,” I said.

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