Richardson’s In the Race!

Posted on January 22, 2007. Filed under: Politics |

Bill Richardson may be a very intelligent man, but he is not a serious candidate for President. It is hard to imagine that he will be able to raise enough money to wage a competitive campaign against Clinton and Obama. And let’s be honest, his tenure at the DOE was not without a major fuck-up. Anyone remember Wen Ho Lee? And it’s hard to believe that his record as Secretary of Energy can stand up to scrutiny. If he actually gets some traction, it might be worth looking into. He did do two interesting things while he was Governor of New Mexico: he cut taxes and outlawed cockfighting.

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    "Writing editorials is like wetting your pants in a blue serge suit. It feels good, but nobody really notices."

    --Jack Germond

    "Famous men and women, by the act of putting themselves on display, whether as politicians, actors, writers, painters, musicians, restaurateurs, or whatever, invite public appraisal. They are all, impressively or pathetically, acting on the presumption that their ideas, their fantasies, their music, their bodies are more original than those of, say, a plumber or a certified public accountant. They are all exercising the impulse, as Mencken put it, ‘to flap their wings in public.’ This is so obvious to the critic–and, I believe, to the ordinary reader or spectator–that it seems hardly worth saying. But resentment of the practice of criticism itself is strong among professional artists (and all Presidents of the United States). There is a psychological type among them that hates critics on principle as parasites or failed performers. This is very natural but surely very childish and, in any country claiming to be civilized, actually anti-social. The existence of critics, good, bad, or indifferent, is a firm clause in the social contract between the governors and the governed in any nation that is not a dictatorship. Public figures should accept with good grace the public response to their invitations to be admired and resist the temptation to retort, except in the face of flagrant malice."

    --Alistair Cooke

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