Tuesday, September 05, 2006

O the ignominy!

Reagan Wins Another Vote, to a Place in Congress


SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4 — No one would ever have mistaken Thomas Starr King for a Democrat. A fiery Republican clergyman with an oratorical flair, King stood shoulder to shoulder with Lincoln during the Civil War, barnstorming California to preach the gospel of unity when the nation had split apart and secessionist feeling here was high as well.

Politicians, however, are nothing if not fickle in their affections. So it was that last week the California Legislature, at the behest of a Republican lawmaker, decided that a statue of King should be replaced in the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol by one of a more modern Republican with a similar gift for public speaking: Ronald Reagan. ...

[Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company]


At September 10, 2006 at 4:41:00 PM EDT, Blogger Berrysmom said...

I wonder if he might have been able to keep his place if he had had that silly lock of hair airbrushed out of his portrait? Who would have his picture taken on a bad hair day? Certainly not Ronald Reagan!

(In truth, I think this is a heartbreaker. I'm a Starr King grad, and I always felt so proud to talk about his statue in the capitol. Alas.)


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