Comments: Wherein We Contemplate Criminality

C. All of the above.

Posted by Ahistoricality at November 15, 2005 12:06 PM

"Is it any wonder that those on the Right assume that all politicians are crooks? The vast majority of those on the Right seem to turn out to be so."

It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I went to see my landlord on the day in January of 1993 when Clinton was sworn in. My landlord was a conservative white Southern good old boy and had campaigned hard for Ross Perot. My landlord believed, deeply, that everyone who went into politics was corrupt, except maybe outsiders like Perot.

The television was on in his office when I arrived. He was watching the ceremony as Clinton got sworn in. I came into the room and he looked at me and then gestured to the television and said, "Man, just imagine. He can have anything he wants now. Anything! If wants Cuban cigars, they bring Cuban cigars. If he wants girls, they bring him girls. If he wants drugs, they bring him drugs. If he wants to meet someone, they bring the person to him. If he wants to go anywhere, they take him."

The envy, and hatred, in his voice was unmistakable.

It struck me then how much conservatism, at least during the 90s, was going to be defined by a lack of idealism.

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at November 15, 2005 04:35 PM

On the other hand, maybe we should all take three seconds to be worried that that's how the job of running this country is viewed by an "average" person?

Musing over this for two seconds...it occurs to me that this may be what Bush thought it was all about. Purely PR and grandstanding. Which would explain why he thought he was up to the job.

Posted by Anne at November 16, 2005 08:34 AM