“It has been a depressing week for Democrats. Shirley Chisholm and Bob Matsui died over the weekend. A slew of new Republican lawmakers were sworn in Tuesday. John Kerry announced Wednesday that he won’t participate in any formal protests against the presidential voting by electors from Ohio. Alberto Gonzales will begin his road to confirmation as attorney general Thursday. And if all that’s not enough, Trent Lott has announced that a singer from ‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ will perform John Ashcroft’s ‘Let the Eagle Soar’ at George W. Bush’s inauguration.“
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