August 8th, 2008

Politicians At Work (And Play)

It's certainly being interesting these last couple of days. Yesterday, we got to read about Governor Rod's plan to put speed cameras on the Interstate highways to catch folks doing more than 15 MPH over the limit. And it will pay for more state police! That's good, right? Who could argue with that?

Of course, if it works, then we'll need to reset the cameras, because we're not raising enough money. And if you think that won't happen, I'll remind you that when they initially enacted Illinois' seat belt law, we were assured that you would never, ever be stopped just for a seat belt violation.

(I think you're generally an idiot if you're driving without a seat belt, just for the record. And I think that cruising at 80 MPH on the Interstate is generally a bad idea. I also think our speed limits are set absurdly low.)

Then there's John Kass' story about how a local fellow with lots of clout managed to get ComEd to drop a generator off in his driveway during this week's power outage. It's good to be the king!

And today, John Edwards has finally fessed up (at least in part) about his little affair, making it safe for major media outlets to mention it.

Now, honestly, I wouldn't much care if Edwards had an "arrangement" with his wife. He'd neither be the first person nor the last person in the world to do so. And maybe he did. I wouldn't think of that as being disqualifying for high office.

But having such a relationship when you -- the candidate who is running for high office -- clearly believe that it's disqualifying for high office shows incredibly bad judgment.

And I find having such rotten judgment to be pretty clearly disqualifying.

And what ties these three stories together?

In my opinion, the assumption that Rod, Pool Boy (and Mayor Daley), and John make that we're all a bunch of idiots and they can get away with anything they damn well please.

The sadder thing is: they're usually right.