Maine Politics

From the Piscataqua to the St. John

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

BRAC Coming to a Head

The BRAC commission will begin voting tomorrow on the Pentagon's recommendations for closing and realigning military bases including PNS and BNAS. The BDN suggests preparing for the worst.
It's too late to argue for these bases now, but it's not too early to prepare for life after their closure. Gov. Baldacci, whose work on this issue has been crucial since the base-closure list was released in May, will be needed even more after this week should bad news arrive here. The next couple of weeks, in the face of economic uncertainty, will demand strong leadership and lots of cooperation as Maine prepares for the worst and hopes for the best.

It is unknown what any closures will mean for Maine politicians, but the process has already had its toll on those from other states. For instance, here Robert Novak (Douche Bag of Liberty) laments the end of John Thune's reign as a Republican poster boy.

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