Saturday, July 23, 2005



To be honest, Dennis Morrisseau, 62, of West Pawlet, VT, doesn't smell like a Republican to me. But, of course, Vermont is different from anyplace else so you have to stay open-minded when you hear about their politics. Morrisseau is running for Vermont's one Congressional seat, the one being vacated by America's only Socialist Party congressman, Bernie Sanders (who is running for-- and heavily favored to win-- the Senate seat being given up by Jim Jeffords, the Senate's only Independent). Morrisseau, who, like Ronald Reagan, started political life as a Democrat, is a small businessman and environmentalist and, he insists, a Republican. But he's a Republican disgusted with Bush and willing to run on a platform calling for Bush's and Cheney's impeachment. In fact, he promises to bring the articles of impeachment against Bush himself if he wins. A lot has to break his way before that happens. First off his GOP competition is Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville, head of the Vermont National Guard. And even if he overcomes her, he's got to contend with Vermont's popular Senate president pro-tempore, Peter Welch, the likely Democratic candidate.

Morrisseau claims to be more of a true Republican than Bush, and he says he thinks a lot of Vermont Republicans agree with his assessment of the Bush Regime. "Republicans in this state tend to be mind-your-own-business people, keep taxes low and government small." Morrisseau's Republicanism is still about the concerns of small town businessmen (rather than multinationals and corporations like WalMart) and protecting the environment (instead of "developing" it out of existence). In 2004 Vermont was one of Bush's weakest states, one of the few where he couldn't even get 40% of the vote-- although who knows how many other states would have had similar numbers had voting tallies not be so badly corrupted. Morrisseau, who is completely disdainful of the Vermont GOP leadership, largely Bush clones, claims that "If you're an old and decent Republican and politics takes a 180 in your country, it sometimes takes a while to tell what you ought to do. It took me a while." The former Vietnam War vet hopes it won't take them too long. He voted for Reagan and in 2000 he admits to having voted for Bush. By 2004, he couldn't bring himself to do it. "I held my nose and voted for Kerry," he claims.

Like more and more Americans, Morrisseau said he sees an administration flagrantly abusing the powers of the executive branch and a national party leadership gaining dominance over the entire government. "I'm a Republican," he reiterates. "I'm not a Brown Shirt. I've never, in any contemplation of U.S. history, seen anything like that asserted at any time. I don't think we're going to get much done in the way of standard politics until we clean this neo-con nest out."

Bush, Cheney, McClellan, Rove and Libby, all huddling with private attorneys in regard to "Treasongate," have not commented.


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