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over the course of the last few weeks, i have decided that mayor villaraigosa is just the type of candidate the newer change-generation of politicians should be looking to take over in the coming years.

the reasons are many, and i will admit to probably being somewhat unfair in my assessment, but part of the greatness in living in los angeles is that i get to be as big of an asshole as anyone else who judges our politicians.

first of all, i am disheartened by the villaraigosa political machine. his campaign depends solely on unions, his connections, those who owe him favors, those he controls using fear, and manipulating his base with promises he cannot carry out. sounds like politics-as-usual you say? why yes, i agree. this is precisely why we need to CHANGE our politics!

secondly, he won't debate the other nine candidates (those folks no one has ever heard of) who happen to be running against him. why won't he engage in a debate? my guess is that he's not smart enough to hold his own, probably doesn't have enough knowledge of the issues and how to resolve them to score any points, and clearly lacks the confidence to try and the commitment to improving los angeles to hone in on what concerns angelenos and how he might position himself and the city to move in a brighter direction.

thirdly, his personal choices, as well as his reputation for being a philandering man-whore, are shining examples of just the kind of poor judgment we don't really need in politicians at a time when our world is on the brink of financial, social, and psychological ruin.

and fourthly, i just don't think he's smart enough to run a city as complex, diverse, and persnickety as los angeles. if i weren't so much of a school snob / intellectual elitist, i might not be so turned off by the fact that he attended the people's college of law and unsuccessfully sat for the california bar four times (yes, i did say he failed the bar four times), but i am and i am, and i judge accordingly.

so my response to the following will come as no surprise to you (my eleven readers, bless you!):

the whispers from inside the campaign go something like this, "mayor villaraigosa is going to run for president".

my question, "president of what?"

"bitch please, president of the united states of america".

i laughed out loud, and i even pissed a little in my pants, cuz as much as i hate to be the bearer of bad news, 'tis only the republicans that put dumbshits in the white house. and not even they would stoop so low as to put a 4-time-bar-failing graduate of the people's college of law in the seat of leader of the free world.

and i am more likely to vote for dog catcher for mayor than cast my ballot to re-elect antonio.

cross posted at its home, notes from the music box steps

Originally posted to notes from the music box steps on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 07:24 PM PST.

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if the california governor election were to be held march 3rd, who would you vote for?

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  •  Hmm, if you are (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, jlms qkw

    such an intellectual snob -- perhaps someone taught you along the way that you are not e.e. cummings and the cap key comes in handy when writing sentences.

    My uncle failed the Maryland bar 3 times and after he finally passed, he became one of the great trial lawyers in the State.  He went to Baltimore Law School -- not an Ivy League.

    What was your point again?

    You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. - G.B. Shaw, "Misalliance"

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 07:33:21 PM PST

  •  u mean Villaraigosa the adulterer? (3+ / 0-)

    I know many people believe elected politicians ought to be commit any act they want. However, are deceit, dishonesty, infidelity to one's spouse and kids, really the kinds of things you are looking for in a governor?

    not me.

    Msongs

  •  Villaraigosa would be a lot better than (1+ / 0-)
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    blindyone

    ANY Republican, but I'd prefer Jerry Brown. Jerry has tons more practical experience on many different levels. And I can't stand diaries that don't capitalize and say, "cuz." This nation is getting more and more illiterate, and taking more and more shortcuts with language, and shorthand-speak of blogs and texting is hugely to blame (that and our educational system that does not drill students enough in just plain writing correct English). Yeah, I know, I read it, but never again.

  •  There was a professor of real property law (0+ / 0-)

    I think it was, at USC who took the bar many times. I don't know if he ever passed, but he was a recognized expert in his area of law.

    Jerry Brown took to CA Bar twice before passing. Former governor Pete Wilson took it four times before passing. JFK Jr. failed the NY Bar twice before passing on the third try. Charlie Crist, likewise, third time was the charm.

    Antonio, who is not one of my favorite people, was pretty busy with union stuff and didn't really ever focus on bar exam prep from what I heard.

    Many if not most PCL students always have been more interested in things like union and community organizing and politics than actual law practice.

    The school's bar pass rate isn't very good, but they have turned out a lot of top notch organizers, at least one community college board member that I know of, and others very active in local politics on various levels.

    OTOH, there are grads who practice law in the areas of criminal defense, immigration, and Social Security, among other things, and there are a few who have become administrative law and regular court judges and at least one city attorney. I think one person became an attorney general somewhere.

    Antonio, having become mayor of Los Angeles, is probably the best known PCL grad, but his not having passed the bar doesn't mean a whole lot, frankly, given the focus of the school.

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 08:53:12 PM PST

  •  I too, (0+ / 0-)

    think he would seriously stumble in a debate; which is why he is avoiding the process. There are a few very intelligent candidates running against him, and he knows this. I think Antonio is more about the photo-op, the smiley-smile, and name recognition, for future candidacies, than really solving problems here in L.A. Man, was he in prime-time form recently, getting lots of snapshots with the President-elect; always camera-ready. No substance, however. My two sense...   SSK    

    Where Kabuki ends, Samurai begins.

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 02:15:37 AM PST

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