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Monday
Dec032012

A Heaping Helping Of Schadenfreude

If I may be allowed to borrow from German (no, not "Sieg Heil", at least not this time), we need to reintroduce ourselves to the concept of Schadenfreude.
It's actually made it into the English language, meaning taking a peculiar type of joy at the misfortune of others.
Where but in politics and where indeed but in the election season just passed would we be served up such a heaping helping of Schadenfreude.
I'm currently reading the W.H. Brands biography of Benjamin Franklin, and one of the 12 tenets Young Ben tried to live by was avoiding saying bad things about others, even enemies, but the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that Ben himself never lived up to this goal--he certainly had plenty of bad things to say about William Penn's heirs, the proprietors of the Pennsylvania colony.  Franklin in fact was sent to England to try to get the king and parliament to move the colony from  Penn's domain to a royal colony status.
But I digress.  The point is that if Ben Franklin could revel in a good dose of schadenfreude, mere mundane mortals such as I can hardly be expected to resist.
As I looked over the list of  78 State Representatives who lost in November, my cup literally ranneth over with Schadenfreude.  What goes around comes around is one saying I try to live by.  Many of these Reps (and all but four of them were members of my own party, sad to say) deserved to lose, and they got what they deserved just as much as Billy the Bully got what he deserved by losing the gavel which he wielded with such callous disdain for everything honest and decent.
I've come up with a list of a dozen Reps, Republicans all, whom I certainly will be happy never to see again.  However, rather than name the 12 here (in some type of order), I thought we'd make this into a game.  I'll name the first one and let you weigh in with others.
Paul Mirski tops the list of Reps I am pleased to see lose.  Those whom we used to respect land with all the greater thud when they fall from grace.  It is precisely because I used to respect Mirski so much that I take particular pleasure from seeing the person he had become....lose...by nearly a two to one margin.  This self-proclaimed defender of the Constitution took callous disregard for it when he cobbled together, at Billy the Bully's insistence, a redistricting plan which I continue to believe (despite the Supreme Court ruling) was not in the spirit of the Constitutional amendment he had pushed for.  He can never be forgiven for that in my estimation, but it didn't end there.  A long-time opponent of the Claremont decision, he once again abandoned his principles by caving in to Billy the Bully and supporting a Constitutional Amendment which recognized the legitimacy of the Claremont decision.
Thanks be to the voters of Enfield for serving up the first course of my holiday feast of Schadenfreude.
Weigh in if you please.  For the second course, I'll go back to redistricting and to Sullivan County for a Rep who was so ignoble as to vote against his own plan when told to do so by leadership.  It's almost forgivable when you do the wrong thing out of ignorance but it's totally different when you do what's wrong when you know perfectly well it's totally wrong.
Thanks to the voters of the Sunapee area for ridding us of the most dishonorable Spec Bowers.
Just the thought of the two of them makes my skin crawl, but of course, there are many, many more...going all the way to the top (how he ever made it to the top still amazes me) of the Peter Principled One.
Lest I take too much joy, I should note that legions would take Schadenfreude had I been defeated...and they would have had every right to.
But I didn't Blanche, I didn't.  I won by the newly defined landslide.
More Schadenfreude as we near the holiday season. 
But feel free to weigh in with your own.
Like only one of the seven Manchester snakes being left to slither around the grounds of Concord!!

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Reader Comments (4)

I gotta say, Steve -- you call 'em as you see 'em. That takes courage and guts. For good or for not. Wow.
December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
Remember the song from La Cage, "I Am What I Am". Great song and it probably should be my theme song...although I've always liked the Robert Frost line from poem Auspex, "I remain resentful to this day when anyone but I dare say there is anything I cannot be." I be the purveyor of what many do not want to hear.
December 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterRep Steve Vaillancourt
So Rep. Vaillancourt,
Having served in the NH house-95-99 I too had some sound discussions with Rep. Mirski. I do recall your colorful platitudes in the House Chamber and enjoyed your colloquy when speaking to a particular piece of legislation. I concur with your assessment of Rep. Mirski in this forum. I spoke with him in person and wrote him a follow up letter when he was in town to explain the re-districting that merged Gilford with Meredith. I told him merging the two towns made no sense due to the fact they were not contiguous because Laconia was in between. He said there were by water-Lake Winnipesaukee. Now that is really stupid or- unvernunftig-German.
Take care,
George Hurt
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Hurt
To redistrict or not to redistrict. Ah, das is die Frage. Should the current Legislature attempt to fix the Mirski mess? Would the courts allow it? Herr Schmidt, as in the Honorable Rep from Dover, and I might just file legislation, and the watery separation will be of prime concern.
December 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterRep Steve Vaillancourt

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