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  •  I think the salient fact is that Rick is (8+ / 0-)

    going to be up for re-election soon, no?

    I suspect that Rick looked at a few polls and saw the hand-writing on the wall.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 04:42:52 AM PST

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    •  That rationale carries with it the presumption (6+ / 0-)

      that this politician is responsive to public direction. I don't think so. What this politician is is sly, like a fox, as many instinct-driven people are. But, the only direction of the instinct-driven is self-interest which, because they are generally unaware of where true self-interest lies, as often as not leads them wrong.
      Putting instinct-driven people into public office is a bad idea. We are lucky if they end up being do-nothings.

      Why do they keep getting elected? Well, they're grandstanders, willing to repeat whatever someone tells them to say and not good for much of anything else. Our private corporations seem to have fallen into the habit of promoting such people up and out. A golden parachute into some state capital or Washington is cheaper than keeping them on. Look at Willard. There's a good example of a whole lot of people not wanting to admit they made a mistake in even hiring him.
      Maybe it's because deception gets them in the door and nobody likes admitting they were fooled. Look how hard it is for the US to admit that Dubya and his Neocons made a fool of us.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 05:04:55 AM PST

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