We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're number one. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words."
I would never call anybody stupid, but those particular women sure have a strange view of how the world works. Frankly, I think it is due to the fact that they are all very wealthy - they live in a world that most of us can never understand. Feinstein seems to have at least a slight grasp of reality - the other three are just plain old silver spoon elitists.
Let's not give ourselves false reassurances. Those can be dangerous.
These politicians are indeed smart, or at least clever. Don't underestimate them.
Feinstein is the best of the lot, certainly, but I agree that all four "have a strange view of how the world works," as Mr. Francis noted.
Senator Boxer's first elective post was as my county supervisor in southern Marin County. I went head-to-head against her on her proposed ordinance to BAN ALL radioactive materials from the county. Turns out, the hospitals didn't like, nor the road department and contractor who used moisture gauges containing radioactive materials. The oddest pushback was from the yacht chandlers - glow-in-the-part compasses would have been prohibited.
Be thankful! If not for Boxer's stupidity and incompetence as a legislator, the Senate would have produced a coherent Cap and Trade Bill. As Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Boxer failed to produce anything passable before the Dems lost big last year.
The only thing worse than dingbat liberals would be competent ones. (Although perhaps competent people could not hold to such senseless ideas)
My conundrum, are these folks really smart and clever. Perhaps, on the surface they are, due to their position and the influence they have on our government. But that is a misuse of those terms I think, smart and clever. They are elected from insular and isolated districts, parochial districts in fact. It is their seniority that gives them gravitas, not their ideas, nor ideals in the National Scheme of things. Longevity, seniority, is the present key for effective political office.
I've just convinced my wavering self that term limits may be a good idea.
DMac, to counterbalance Ms. Lee, Texas also produced Barbara Jordan, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Laura Bush, Ann Richards, Anne Armstrong (born in New Orleans but was a naturalized Texan) and a few other great women across the political spectrum.