Thursday, October 06, 2005

Allegory of the Alligator

You guys (and gals) heard about this?

Snake chokes on Everglades alligator snack

MIAMI -- The alligator has some foreign competition at the top of the Everglades food chain, and the results of the struggle are horror-movie messy.

A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live 6-foot alligator, authorities said.

"It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down predator," said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor.

At least 150 pythons -- abandoned by pet owners, or possibly the pets' offspring -- have been captured in the Everglades in the past two years, said Joe Wasilewski, a wildlife biologist and alligator tracker.

The gory remains of the latest gator-python encounter -- the fourth documented in the past three years -- were discovered and photographed last week by a helicopter pilot and wildlife researcher.

The dead snake was found with the dead gator's hindquarters protruding from its midsection. Mazzotti said the alligator may have clawed at the python's stomach as the snake tried to digest it.

In previous incidents, the alligators won or battled to an apparent draw.

Pythons could threaten many smaller species that conservationists are trying to protect in the Everglades, including other reptiles, otters, squirrels and wood storks, Mazzotti said.

(Source: Associated Press, Oct. 6, 2005)

Does this remind anyone else of the pending DFL gubernatorial battle? You have Mike Hatch, the alligator, who is native to the political landscape. Then there’s Kelly Doran, the snake-like land developer who’s making his first foray into politics. Next September, we’ll see Hatch and Doran fight it out in the bloodiest of all sports: the DFL gubernatorial primary. Doran will likely bite off more than he can chew, only to have Hatch, a fighter to the end, claw his way out to a slim primary victory, leaving Hatch a dead man walking for the general election.

Then Pawlenty swoops in and wins.


At 3:49 PM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

Wow. Do you spend time doing other things?

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Lucy N said...

If Doran is the snake and Hatch is the alligator, then Becky Lourey must be the sweet little dove, fluttering nearby -- likely to be eaten by either of the two larger beasts. Republican Minnesota: I don't care if you spend time doing anything else. You rule.

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Zack said...

I approve of this post. I think fantasy must be one of the most important parts of the conservative psychology.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

You are right Zack, it is a fantasy to think that Doran could come close to Hatch in the primary...we all know Hatch will take it. Hell, he's ran in enough DFL gubenatorial primaries to know how to pull this one off.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

Well if you've got a 3 or 4 way DFL primary, the results could be very unpredictable.


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