The Bamboozler Goeth
November 19, 2007
After having to listen to winger congressman Mike Ferguson’s campaign ads against Linda Stender in the 2006 race — you know, the ones with people squawking “Stender is a spender!” like an aviary of brain-damaged parrots — I was looking forward to making some “Fergie is a phony” signs for the 7th District race.
But I’m just as happy to hear Ferguson will be retiring to spend more time with his family and the dollars he’ll probably be reaping as a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry. That outcome seems inevitable, since his career as a congressman amounted to little more than on-the-job training for the position.
When King George II blew through Union County on his Let My Buddies Pillage Social Security tour (dubbed Bamboozlepalooza by Josh Marshall), Mike Ferguson was there to scatter rose petals at his feet. Ferguson was always ready to make those noises about bipartisanship that journalists and pundits love to hear — it shows the speaker is a “centrist,” not an “ideologue,” doncha know — but when Bush came to shove, Ferguson was a good lil’ Republican soldier and a willing member of the Rubber Stamp Brigade.
So long, Mike. Can’t say it’s been a pleasure.