The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Saturday, January 17, 2004


A headline on today's Drudge Report: REVEALED: KERRY ADVOCATED GUTTING AGRICULTURE DEPT...

Michael Kinsley once quipped that the definition of a "gaffe" is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth. A corrolary, during primary and caucus season: A "scandal" is when voters discover that a politician has attempted sound policy.

Which illustrates why governors are elected to the presidency and senators are not -- at least in the modern era, where all behavior and activity is either prohibited or subsidized. A governor rarely has the opportunity to advocate for his state on the national stage; when a governor is in the news because he is pleading for funding, it is usually in concert with the nation's other governors. A senator, by contrast, is perpetually jostling with other senators from different regions with differing interests. I'm surprised that this is the worst thing that Iowa has found out about Kerry -- or, to put it another way, that this is the best thing that Kerry ever did.


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