Hawaii’s governor, Neil Abercrombie, has appointed his lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

This is interesting only insofar as it sheds light on Abercrombie’s priorities. First, he ignored the dying wish of Sen. Inouye that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) succeed him. That’s fine; the decision is the governor’s alone to make.

But here’s what Abercrombie said in the broadcast segment that featured his announcement: that this appointment was good for “the [Democratic] Party, the State, and the nation.” He may have said “country,” but that’s not what’s important. It’s the order.

The welfare of the Democratic Party comes before the State of Hawaii and the United States of America. Was this a Freudian slip? Or is this the actual mindset of so many politicians?

Somebody please remind Abercrombie that a United States Senator is a federal official. Not a State of Hawaii official. And lastly, not just a Democrat hack. But then, so many of Schatz’ fellow senators, on both sides of the aisle, are just that.


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