The circus is in town! Bob the elephant is prancing around
the arena, insisting on his right to run against a deceased
opponent. Feel free to throw peanuts or whatever at him. Ben
the lion has been leaping through hoops of fire and riding his
unicycle around the supreme court roaring and wagging his tail.
Don’t miss the grand finale! Dwayne the donkey will be shot
head first out of a cannon! This circus could cost us – the
people of Hawai‘i, four million dollars.
No, I’m not talking about Barnum and Bailey. The untimely and
unfortunate death of congresswoman Patsy Mink is wreaking havoc
everywhere. Many vital issues are currently before congress,
including the question of war with Iraq, and Hawai‘i Second
Congressional district is left without representation. Taxpayers
may have to bear the burden of $2 million for a special election
on Nov. 30 to fill Mink’s position for the balance of her term
(quite a fee for only five weeks). And if people decide to vote
for her in the general election, despite the fact that she’s
dead, another $2 million special election will be needed to
Shockingly, Governor Cayetano seems to be the only one with
any lucidity. First, he asked the Hawai‘i Supreme Court to hold
the Nov. 30 election concurrently with the general election
on Nov. 5. That was rejected. He then asked the court to direct
Chief Elections Officer Dwayne Yoshina to allow the Democratic
Party to name a substitute candidate on the ballot in the general
election, which was supposed to be done no later than Sept.
26, just two days before Mink’s death. Cayetano was hoping the
court would make an exception. The court ruled that the decision
is Yoshina’s and refused to intervene. Cayetano has now exhausted
all legal possibilities.
Dwayne the donkey will leave us with a costly election bill.
Maybe he should pay for it. Bob McDermott said he was pleased
that the Democratic Party will not be allowed to name a substitute
candidate. Of course he is. Bob the elephant knows his chances
for winning the general election are better if his opponent
Mink’s daughter, a professor on sabbatical from Smith College,
is angry at Hawai‘i for wanting to hold a special election to
fill the remainder of her mom’s term. She doesn’t think anyone
is fit to replace her mom. God forbid the people of Hawai‘i
have congressional representation. That’s sooooo unreasonable.
Gwendolyn Mink wants to perpetuate her mother’s memory by endangering
Voter loyalty. I’m blown away by the idea that people will
vote for a dead person. Can’t say I blame them, though. They
could do worse and vote for Bob the elephant. Except for Cayetano,
these people, from the courts on down, have lost sight of what
is best for the people of Hawai‘i: wise and cost-effective political
decisions. They’ll vote for Patsy Mink anyway, and all of us
will foot the $2 million bill.
The circus is in town! Get your tickets today!