Bill Delahunt; modern mugwump

In 1884 the derisive appellation "Mugwump" entered the American political lexicon. It has endured all these years, symbolizing those who appear to be on both sides of an issue, popularly defined as a politician whose mug is on one side of the fence and his wump is on the other.

Rep. Delahunt, from day one an opponent of the wind farm, has noticed Massachusetts voters want Cape Wind’s project built by a stunning 7 to 1 majority. Worried that so many disagree with his Neolithic mindset, he has undertaken a big PR campaign to sound as though he is pro-wind, even as he continues to fight to kill this much studied, much needed proposal.

His plan, which lacks structure or detail, advocates multi-layered political opportunities to prevent progress. He touts it as having essential local input. Does he consider the potential of Alaskan and Hawaiian legislators forcing Cape Codders to pay ever-increasing electric bills to be a demonstration of local control?

We wanted governmental transparency, but we are being served up a transparent political maneuver. It is insulting that the congressman thinks we can’t see through his subterfuge.

Richard C. Bartlett
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