|Missing in action for almost half the year: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.|
Preach, Javier, preach!: "What is it about the civil rights establishment – and their progeny – that makes them entertain such notions of grandeur? Public offices are not meant to be sinecures or inherited thrones, yet good luck explaining that to entrenched politicians. Rep. Jackson’s disappearance, and his flagrant defiance of public opinion, illustrates a disposition endemic to the black political establishment. These elected representatives seem to believe a seat in Washington is a job for life, and indeed it becomes exactly that. Many are reelected year after year, regardless of whether they deliver any substantive change to their voters. As a result, public office has become an entitlement instead of a democratic privilege. Congressman Jackson, along with many of his Congressional Black Caucus cohorts, are the worst manifestation of the 'I am the state' attitude normally associated with a deceased French monarch."