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Political Commentator: Will Blumenthal Succeed Feingold As ‘Conscience of the Senate’?

“Who Will Replace Russ Feingold as the Conscience of the Senate?”

Philip Terzian, The Weekly Standard

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/who-will-replace-feingold-conscience-senate_516561.html

“My own (admittedly unconventional) nominee would be Richard Blumenthal, freshman senator from Connecticut, who combines the requisite personal sanctimony with professional viciousness, and boasts an Eliot Spitzer-like history of achievement as attorney general with a Tom Harkin-quality record of military service, as well as a somber voice and pietistic manner.”

“Muchnick says Blumenthal has ‘moral obligation’ to investigate sports concussions”

Thanks to Tom Dudchik of Connecticut Capitol Report (http://ctcapitolreport.com) for that headline and link to my Beyond Chron piece today.

‘Concussion Issue Reaches Critical Mass in American Culture and Politics’ … today at Beyond Chron

Have you seen the new TV commercial from Toyota about concussions in football? The car company brags that its research on crash safety has been turned over to the grand pooh-bahs of sports, where it now allow moms to watch their precious sons block and tackle on the gridiron with renewed confidence that the harm to them will be minimized.

When Madison Avenue jumps on the bandwagon, you know the parade is already well down the road. The year 2011 will be the one in which the American public and government confront the growing evidence of the public-health toll of violent collisions in sports and sports entertainment, and do something substantial about it. Perhaps not enough to satisfy the safety-first crowd and too much for the taste of consumers of our gladiatorial, bread-and-circuses popular culture – but something.

And to think, it’s all because of pro wrestling.

CONTINUED TODAY AT BEYOND CHRON, THE SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE NEWSPAPER, AT http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/Concussion_Issue_Reaches_Critical_Mass_in_American_Culture_and_Politics_8668.html


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