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Former state representative Gene Lang (r) (who was defeated by Democratic challenger Deleta Williams in 1990) had a letter to the editor in today’s Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:

With 20 years legislative experience, I cringe when I hear the term, “up or down.” The legislative process is a messy maze of rules that take divergent people and allow them to pass laws that reasonably govern all. True, you can’t turn the world upside down in a year, but most would agree that is a good thing. When the term up or down is used, someone is trying to force something down the throat of the taxpayer, and the reason for that is that it hasn’t been worked through properly, or even worse, it doesn’t carry the support of the voters…

Uh, I don’t recall a similar letter to the editor when republicans used the same terminology.

…There is plenty of health care reform that could, and should, be quickly agreed to by rational legislators, but those weren’t allowed to be pursued…

Uh, who said what? “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

What color is the sky in your world? Rational republican legislators? I spent the day in Jefferson City today and listened to republican tenthers in debate. That ain’t rational.

…moderates like our own Ike Skelton…

Really? You didn’t get the memo, did you?

There’s no such thing as a “moderate” republican anymore.