Got my mind wandering.
Apparently some chappie has a book out, California After Arnold, or some such. And apparently he had the opportunity to give a copy to Arnold at some social doo or other. Word has it that Arnold poked him in the chest and whined that nobody knew what sort of pressure he was under.
I thought Arnold was not a girly-man. I thought he was some tough steely eyed movie mogul. Well boo hoo hoo.
Which all puts me in mind of the classic reactionary crap of denigrating the professional politician (Democrat) and the good people who serve America after having made a bucket of dough in the REAL WORLD (Rethuglicans).
Nothing like a Rethuglican to tell you that Government is not the answer. (Especially not when one hires Rethugs to run the damned thing.)
So my fertile mind carried on thinking: what sort of person allows himself to become a politician? Damned if I know.
But my Assemblyman just got himself out of his job. And there are at leaset three guys looking to take the gig. For no reason that is transparent to me, all three of them have seen fit to consult with me as to their ambitions. Each of them forgot more last night than I know about it all, but they have all consulted with me. And two have asked for my endorsement. That and five bucks will get you a nice cup of coffee at Starbucks. With fucking sprinkles.
Now, should you ever get the opportunity to ask a guy (or gal) who, at about 35 years of age, is looking to get elected to medium-high office for the first time, you will, against my warnings here, be impelled to ask him, why do you want this gig? Dog help you, you will be told that the candidate wants to help people.
Please try not to laugh in their faces. These people want the gig because it is a career booster, back in the private sector. Not to be all cynical and stuff, but trust me, I was there.
And now I am thinking about Pelosi and Reid and Obama and Clinton (either one). These are what you gotta call high-end politicians. How much good do you want to believe that they mean or meant to do? I’m down with the idea that their intentions were or are largely honorable.
What I am thinking here, is that lots of people seem to hold Obama in a very high esteem. And I can see that. At the very minimum, a Western nation has for the first time elected a brown man to the chief executive. 2700 years of Western Civilization, and somebody finally hired a dark guy to run the joint. I am glad to have lived to see it.
But I will say of it, that Obama is just a politician. He does not walk on water. I have reasonable hopes for the next eight years. But his administration has ratified most of the elements of the Unitary Executive, and Obama himself missed the chance to vote against Teleco immuinty, which I took rather hard.
Yet I voted for him. I’ll be damned if I vote Green anytime soon. And I have not seen a Rethug who has captured my respect since, well, ever.
How’s that for stream of consciousness?