Political Commentary from Beyond the Grave

Yesterday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal featured an unusual obituary for Mrs. Charlotte M. Tidwell McCourt, a long-time Nevada resident who passed away at the age of 84 following a long illness.

The obituary itself is fairly pro forma, describing Mrs. McCourt’s life in terms that reveal her time here to have been both full and happy. But the last several lines have been garnering a fair bit of attention around the IntraWebs this morning:

We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate.

The ways in which members of “the deceased community” have provided a key voting demographic in Chicago is well-documented. Post-mortem tub-thumping is a bit less common, though. (I sure hope folks behave themselves in the obituary comments. This has the potential to get much uglier than Mrs. McCourt deserves.)

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Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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