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October 24, 2003
Stuff

It will probably give the Radical Right a conniption fit, but I'm glad that a former President is working against AIDS since the, you know, current president is long on rhetoric and short on green.

There are signs of progress in Afghanistan.

We'll be helping out Liberia, but whether it's with peacekeeping troops or aid funds remains to be seen.

So, how are we supposed to feel about this? Should we be appalled because a supervisor, appointed temporary mayor in the absence of the actual Mayor, took it upon himself to make key appointments...something clearly against the unwritten rules of the situation, or be pleased that two environmentalists now sit on the Public Utilities Commission? Much as I hate to say it, I'm coming down on the side of being appalled. The guy overstepped the bounds of what he should have done.

Of course, there's this to consider:

But Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who is running for mayor, said Daly's appointees are well-qualified, while Brown's selections “are usually patronage.”

And now I'm not sure how I should react again.

On the other hand, this was unquestionably tacky. If you're leaving office, I always thought it was sort of understood that you'd stop appointing your political supporters to vacant positions. Of course, reading the story, I find that, once again, I'm exposing my ignorance. Apparently SOP is to fill up every vacant slot there is on your way out the door, which makes the snippy remarks of Schwarzenegger's current spokeswoman sheer grandstanding in a pretense to some kind of high moral ground.

Via the Morning Fix, Anyone But Bush.

Read this. It's interesting and important.

This is an interesting interview with Molly Ivins. I'll be buying the book, of course.

I'll probably buy Bill Cosby's book as well.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:38 AM


Comments

Apparently SOP is to fill up every vacant slot there is on your way out the door, which makes the snippy remarks of Schwarzenegger's current spokeswoman sheer grandstanding in a pretense to some kind of high moral ground.

Actually, both tactics are SOP. Outgoing fills all the positions and proclaims all the edicts it can; incoming bemoans tacky behaviour of outgoing in doing so.

Having pondered for at least half a minute, much longer than my usual standard, I've come down on the Daly thing as "amused". That'll teach Brown to hand out cotton candy instead of real negotiation-type of olive branches.

Posted by: pericat at October 24, 2003 06:21 PM