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A friend alerted me to an op-ed piece in today’s Washington Post by my former congressman, Abner Mikva. It’s a characteristically lucid indictment about the Bush administration’s abuse of executive power.

But before I found the article I was brooding over my friend’s message, which referred only to “your former congressman”. “Oh no,” I thought, “what idiocy has Donald Rumsfeld come up with now?”

Because along with other natives of Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, I have the distinction of having had both the egregious Rumsfeld (with whom I also share an alma mater, sadly) and the wonderful Mikva as a congressman. At the time, the shift seemed the natural order of things to me, but now I’m puzzled at what demographic shift (or was there a redistricting?) could have occurred to move us from Don to Ab.

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