Friday, April 11, 2008
Democrats Ignore Mo
"Mo" is Morris Udall, a former Democrat U.S. Senator from Arizona. His current residence is a hospital where he is likely to spent the rest of his life; or what's left of it.
One person...according to Slate...one person - one person visits him on a regular basis. One person.
That person is Republican Senator and Presidential candidate fellow Arizonian John McCain:
For the past few years, Udall has lain ill with Parkinson's disease in a veterans hospital in Northeast Washington, which is where we were heading. Every few weeks, McCain drives over to pay his respects. These days the trip is a ceremony, like going to church, only less pleasant. Udall is seldom conscious, and even then he shows no sign of recognition. McCain brings with him a stack of newspaper clips on Udall's favorite subjects: local politics in Arizona, environmental legislation, Native American land disputes, subjects in which McCain initially had no particular interest himself.
Beneath a torn gray blanket on a narrow hospital cot, Udall lay twisted and disfigured. No matter how many times McCain tapped him on the shoulder and called his name, his eyes remained shut.
A nurse entered and seemed surprised to find anyone there, and it wasn't long before I found out why: Almost no one visits anymore. In his time, which was not very long ago, Mo Udall was one of the most-sought-after men in the Democratic Party. Yet as he dies in a veterans hospital a few miles from the Capitol, he is visited regularly only by a single old political friend, John McCain. "He's not going to wake up this time," McCain said.
I can only imagine that an excuse for not visiting Udall would be, "well, he doesn't recognize me anyway." This is irrelevant. You recognize him, and this is all that matters. This is all that matters.
How fellow Democrats ignore Udall shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone though, because this is how Democrats treat most people. Once they've gotten what they want from someone, that person is rendered into an ash heap of distant memories never to be thanked, acknowledged or recognized again. Nice bunch of politicians these Democrats are. They treat their elders so nicely, don't they?
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