Category Archives: Politics
On Tuesday, I’m off to vote for, oh, let’s say Rick Santorum. My housemate will do similarly, although I think he’s leaning toward the old Mittster.
I noticed that former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer is still on the Illinois ballot, though he officially dropped off the GOP slate and went rogue back in February. Rick Perry’s there, too, but he’s already got a defined-benefit pension gig in Texas. Oh, yeah, and good ol’ Ron Paul. He’s sure no John B. Anderson.
Illinois voters ought to be able to tell the nation a couple of things about governance by charisma, ego and brilliance run amok. After all, we danced with Rod Blagojevich for a lot of years before the ex-governor flamed out while selling Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.
None was better than Blago in front of an audience. Witness him at Rockford Register Star Editorial Boards, which I did many times. Having a governor in for an edit board always draws a full house. Even Pat Quinn gets a decent showing. Having Blago meant standing room only.
Update 1-19-2012, 7:02 p.m.: This from Joshua Kopstein at Motherboard: “But the chilling takeaway of this whole debacle was the irrefutable air of anti-intellectualism; that inescapable absurdity that we have members of Congress voting on a technical bill who do not posses any technical knowledge on the subject and do not find it imperative to recognize those who do. This used to be funny, but now it’s really just terrifying.”
Surfing the web is like panning for gold. You’ve got to sift through a ton of junk to get to the good stuff.
By the time, Michele Bachmann pledged yesterday to rally round the eventual Republican nominee for president, I’d wearied of hoping she’d come front and center as a viable candidate. She just couldn’t do it.
There are a handful of analyses on the whys of Bachmann’s fall from the elephant, including an empathetic one from Washington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin. Most everyone has turned their attention to the “Santorum surge” — I am hating that word, surge.
But before Bachmann is little more than a footnote, three things did her in:
Ted Biondo and Kris Kieper exchanged a shared lament today on Ted’s blog. Wouldn’t it be nice, Ted wrote, if elected officials could meet privately without all those pesky “bureaucrats” looking on.
Kris commented that as a new appointee to the Winnebago village board, she was concerned about getting up to speed without having more private, shared conversations.
It’s been a while since I posted, and after this one, the Register Star may kick me off, so let’s get a few items on the table. First, Ted and Kris are two of the good guys.