Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fandom Sux

Full disclosure: I liked John Edwards in 2008. I thought his focus on The Two Americas was exactly right. I thought Barack Obama was a great speaker, but I didn't think he was ready to lead. (I leave it to you to decide whether that last part proved true.)

Of course, Edwards pulled a Spitzer and imploded in a way that, had he gotten the nomination, would have guaranteed a Republican victory, and now we'd have Sarah Palin in our face daily instead of just weekly. Now it turns out that the baby he denied really was his--surprise. But he thinks she'll forgive him, and why not? That's what women do. Well, John, guess what. I was a fan, and I don't forgive you. You are pondscum.

I was a fan of David Paterson's, too. I liked him a lot when he came to visit. I liked his wife. I liked the fact that he didn't want to be governor. Of course, that was before he came out and confessed to a series of indiscretions and took over for the feckless Eliot. This week, the Post described Paterson's nuzzly lunchtime tryst with a young woman. While I'll consider the source, I'll also say, Fool me once, shame on you. . . .

Give me a nice money-laundering scandal anyday over this kind of tawdry crap.


Anonymous said...

I'm just astounded at how bad politicians are at being politicians. I'm not that surprised by bad behavior -- after all, to do what it take to become a politician takes a severe set of pathologies, egomania and self-absorption being just two that spring to mind. But disregarding sexual proclivities, are there even five good politicians (in terms of doing their mandated jobs effectively) on the planet? I can't name five. That's the part I don't understand.

KAZ said...

They're easier to find at the local level, although I can think of several even there who work hard but haven't a clue how to deal with the media or handle constituents with divergent opinions. There are obvious problems even at the local level involving the bubble effect--surrounding oneself with people who tell you what you already believe rather than what you need to know. I don't pretend to know how to fix any of it.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in the NBA. Sure there are drug users and gun runners and guys who publish books about having sex with thousands of women. Just like politicians. But at least you can find damn good basketball players there. The absolute best in the world, in fact.
Perhaps we need statistical measures similar to points per game and rebounds. And put David Stern in charge of it all.