August 16, 2003

With Friends Like This...: ...

With Friends Like This...: A short while back, I interviewed a former California state senator, a moderate Democrat, who actually considers himself a personal friend of Gray Davis. Read this excerpt, and imagine how screwed you must be if this is what your allies think of you:

Gray is a friend of mine, but Gray has really given a bad name to being moderate, because Gray really isn't a moderate. Gray is kind of a, you know, this kind of guy who polls for the answer. ... There's not much that Gray stands for -- and I like Gray personally -- but Gray doesn't stand for anything. That's his problem politically right now. You know, Gray stands for Gray. And so, as something moves forward, his calculus is not 'What do I feel in my gut or my heart?' His calculus is 'What sounds good? What polls good? I don't wanna make a mistake that could cost me politically.' But when you do that, you get just what he got. I mean, which is, in his effort to be risk-averse, you end up with the biggest risk, where ultimately nobody feels shit about you. I mean even the articles that try to say we don't like the recall, none of them have good things to say about Gray. ...

To most people, he's like, 'Well, I stand for a progressive agenda.' Well, no you don't. I mean, progressive based on what? Yeah, I mean you've polled, and the death penalty is popular, so you're for the death penalty. You know, that ain't progressive. That means you didn't want to piss off the gun people, and you didn't want to piss off the gun control people, so you kinda sorta did a few bills and then you said 'OK guys don't send me any more.' I mean, what is it that you believe?

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I support laws.

Posted by: President Bush at August 17, 2003 07:30 AM

Of course, this is probably the major problem with our govt system today. Professional politicians who are deathly afraid of losing their jobs. After all, what else are they good for? What can someone who has spent their entire adult life as an elected official do to make a living otherwise? We basically allow them to be pensioned off by working for policy groups, boards of directors, ets (if they won a high enough office at some time) so they won't have to go out into the cold, cruel world of business.

We need to get the "career elected official" path cut off, once and for all.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at August 17, 2003 09:34 AM

When I was at the Mercury News, our guy in Sacramento was unable to find anyone who personally liked Gray Davis -- or trusted him to stick to a political position if it proved unpopular with voters or donors. He had allies, but no real friends. In this he was unusual: Most pols have some friends, personal and political, and some core beliefs.

Davis' inability to do anything unpopular in public (while making himself unpopular in private) is why he screwed up on energy and on the budget.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at August 17, 2003 10:55 AM

Grey Davis is getting what he deserves, I bet, are thoughts Gary Condit has! Gary knew he didn't murder a woman. He just had sex outside of his marriage.

Het Gary Condit got 'that' call. (Who, inside the democratic machine, made it?)

And, why couldn't Gary get a break, though he tried to negotiate a sweet deal out of town? Because the inner circle of democrats thought he was dead meat.)

And, Gary and his wife have made lots of money by suing the pants off the tabloids. You don't see the money they got; but they did.

And, now Gary knows what the voice(s) at the end of the telephone sounds like when people are pushing you out of your job.

Can Grey negotiate? Are the democrats stupid enough to look for laws passed in the legislature that the citizens of California will have to pay for? With Warren Buffett's ability to read and analyze the costs?

I think the democrats are hoping to be saved by actions of Judge Fogel. Not in eliminating the recall, but just in postponing it to next March.

Anyway, where there's real blood, it seems, is in the primary process. You think the republicans feel blessed they've got over 130 certified candidates?

You do know that the ballots will show party affiliations, don't you?

It's the stuff that's NOT talked about, that turns out to be of utmost importance. Just like Sherlock Holmes said: "The dogs didn't bark." (And, that meant the dogs KNEW the murderer. Oh, yeah, don't get confused. Gary Condit wasn't the murderer. But he knows all about the dogs that don't bark.)

Posted by: Carol Herman at August 17, 2003 03:40 PM

And Brutus is an honorable man!

Posted by: Beldar at August 17, 2003 04:47 PM

Davis is an electoral idiot savant, a guy whose one skill is winning elections. He's what would happen if Robert Redford's character in "The Candidate", the guy who asked "what do we do now?" at the end of the movie (after winning the election), decided to skip the honeymoon and get right to campaigning for the next election.

Posted by: Richard Bennett at August 18, 2003 03:25 AM
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s getting what he deserves, I bet, are thoughts Gary Condit has! Gary knew he didn't murder a woman. He just had sex outside of his marriage.

Het Gary Condit got 'that' call. (Who, inside the democratic machine, made it?)

And, why couldn't Gary get a break, though he tried to negotiate a sweet deal out of town? Because the inner circle of democrats thought he was dead meat.)

And, Gary and his wife have made lots of money by suing the pants off the tabloids. You don't see the money they got; but they did.

And, now Gary knows what the voice(s) at the end of the telephone sounds like when people are pushing you out of your job.

Can Grey negotiate? Are the democrats stupid enough to look for laws passed in the legislature that the citizens of California will have to pay for? With Warren Buffett's ability to read and analyze the costs?

I think the democrats are hoping to be saved by actions of Judge Fogel. Not in eliminating the recall, but just in postponing it to next March.

Anyway, where there's real blood, it seems, is in the primary process. You think the republicans feel blessed they've got over 130 certified candidates?

You do know that the ballots will show party affiliations, don't you?

It's the stuff that's NOT talked about, that turns out to be of utmost importance. Just like Sherlock Holmes said: "The dogs didn't bark." (And, that meant the dogs KNEW the murderer. Oh, yeah, don't get confused. Gary Condit wasn't the murderer. But he knows all about the dogs that don't bark.)

Posted by: Carol Herman at August 17, 2003 03:40 PM

And Brutus is an honorable man!

Posted by: Beldar at August 17, 2003 04:47 PM

Davis is an electoral idiot savant, a guy whose one skill is winning elections. He's what would happen if Robert Redford's character in "The Candidate", the guy who asked "what do we do now?" at the end of the movie (after winning the election), decided to skip the honeymoon and get right to campaigning for the next election.

Posted by: Richard Bennett at August 18, 2003 03:25 AM
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