(Update January 26, 2012: Today doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital gave an update on Senator Kirk's condition saying he underwent a second surgery that included removing 2 pieces of brain tissue destroyed by his recent stroke. Kirk remains in serious, but stable condition with no change in prognosis.
Does the 'lord' work in mysterious ways?)
(Update January 23, 2012: Mark Kirk's Washington Office is reporting that Senator Kirk suffered a major stroke this past weekend and underwent surgery this morning to relieve swelling on the brain.
Kirk, 52, is expected to make a recovery after what is expected to be a long recovery period of treatment and rehabilitation according to attending physicians. Doctors said they removed an 8" by 4" portion of his skull in a successful surgery to relieve pressure to the brain. Kirk remains in a Chicago hospital.
We wish him a full recovery.
As a point of contrast to Kirk's illness, Aunt May who also lives in Chicago and also 52, suffered a similar stroke last year. Unfortunately, Aunt May didn't have health insurance because she couldn't afford it.
She is surviving, but her recovery is slow and compromised by mounting bills and family care with little professional assistance.
Is not something wrong in our country when Aunt May's taxes pay for Senator Kirk's grand treatment while Aunt May can't get the same rehab and treatment?)
Mark Kirk is an Establishment Republican career politician. He comes to the U.S. Senate after 5 terms in the House of Representatives (10th District, Illinois).
With his 'little lord Fontleroy' looks and quiet manner, he has been a relatively non-descriptive member of congress and typically voted at the pleasure of his masters in the forms of John Boehner and Eric Cantor in The House. Now he's under the thumb of Mitch Mc Connell in The Senate.
Mark Kirk is a 'good little soldier' in the GOP establishment!
At midnight TONIGHT over 2 million people will lose their jobless benefits. The congress has failed to act on any extensions.
And yesterday Senator elect Mark Kirk spoke for the GOP establishment saying, "An extension of jobless benefits is misguided because of the federal deficit". He went on to say that 'tax cuts for the (super) rich needed to be passed permenantly' for the benefit of the American economy'!
No commentary is necessary here. Except to ask, 'is this what the American electorate voted for in the recent midterm elections?
Apparently, The GOP Establishment has 'read it' that way! And Mark Kirk is carrying that message.