Politics is the only profession where it's considered okay to badmouth the competition. And if you're out looking for another job, you don't tell your boss you have a dentist appointment — you go on television.
Silly me. I used to think being a governor was an executive job.
If I was still running a company and it was having trouble, I'd find a way to get to the office each day and spend time with my management team. When I went out, it would be to talk to my customers and buck up the people doing the work under tough circumstances.
Even if I was planning to jump ship, I certainly wouldn't be spending all my time talking about what a crappy job my colleagues had done, and then take credit for their accomplishments that I'd tried to stop. As Gov. Pawlenty has noted, after all, there's Google.
But our Gov. Pawlenty has been going the other way — slamming the cities he's shafted, taking credit for good stuff he opposed and canceling funding that doesn't exist. If state government were a private, a hostile takeover would be under way by now. Sell advisories would be issued.
But recall is for Californians.
Pawlenty's greatest accomplishments over the past three months have been to make ex-Gov. Palin look like she has integrity for resigning and make Rep. Michele Bachmann look like a normal Minnesota Republican.
Norwegianity reads about efforts to block middle- and lower-income people who might receive federal
insurance subsidies from using the
money on health care plans that cover abortion and has this to say:
This is not about abortion, it’s about control freaks legislating their religious twaddle. Next will be AIDS exclusion (unholy lifestyle, etc.), then STD exclusion in general. Then they’ll go after the obese. It’s almost funny to see how the right uses that one both ways: Obama will force you to be healthy (nanny state) vs. Why should I have to pay higher rates because some people choose to be fat (laissez fuck-u-ism).
Anything to slow down the eventual bill because the entire Republican party has become little more than the Gotta Obstruct Party.
It’s like Middle Eastern terrorism. First you set off a small bomb, then you set off the bigger bomb when the ambulances arrive. Republicans break everything, then snipe at the repair crews.