He may be the loneliest man in Congress these days, but Jim
Jeffords (I-VT) has at least one thing no other federal legislator can
claim: an eponymous beer with which to drown his sorrows.
In honor of Jeffords' departure from the Republican party - which threw
power in the Senate to the Democrats - Vermont-based Magic Hat Brewing
Company has debuted Jeezum Jim Ale, a moderate beer for a moderate
The brewery produced the beer as a tribute to Jeffords' bold move. "Love
him or hate him," reads the Web site, "he represents one man, one vote,
one small state, one great nation."
The name Jeezum - a swear word in the Green Mountain state - was first
attached to Jeffords' name by a local columnist several years ago.
However, Jeffords conceded to The Washington Post last week, "I'm sure
they have some not-quite-polite swear words for me in the Republican
Take heart, Jim. The brewery expects Jeezum Jim to leap off the
Do you think that would be the case had the beer been named after some
of your former colleagues, such as Thad Cochran (R-MS) or Mike Crapo