11th hour political theater
by PAT MURPHY
Kempthorne’s camp has dreamed up this 11th hour campaign
beauty: a 48-member commission to report in two months (!) on how state
government can be managed better.
Kempthorne advisers hope voters will dutifully swallow this stunt as a
warm and fuzzy act of generosity in participatory democracy, clearly it’s
unabashed political theater.
paramount question is obvious: after being in office for almost four
years, why’s Kempthorne deciding a month before the November election
that he needs outside help?
governor unfortunately suggests that he, the pros in executive
departments and legislators are dolts who need ideas of a hastily formed
advisory commission to remedy four years of mistakes.
gimmick is embarrassingly unoriginal. It’s a virtual knockoff of
President Bush’s economic summit in Waco, Texas, in August when 300
participants were allotted just a half-day to give him advice on the
economy, which since has worsened.
Business Week magazine reporter Lorraine Woellert wrote of Bush’s
summit, "If the session was short on innovation and new ideas,
that's perhaps because it was meant to be. The forum succeeded in its
real goals–giving Bush a spotlight and a friendly backdrop during a
week that included more bad news about the economy."
that’s Gov. Kempthorne’s hope for his quickie task force–putting
the spotlight on him and away from bad news about Idaho’s government.
U.S. politics would a man of Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli’s
appalling corruption receive the maudlin sendoff of a hero after
withdrawing from his re-election because of his intolerable betrayal of
press conference, Torricelli showered himself with self-praise for
public service. New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. James E. McGreevey added
to the sleazy spectacle with tributes, ignoring that Torricelli lied and
lied about his dishonesty before ’fessing up.
even had the gall to whine, "When have we become such an
unforgiving people?"–as if he’s surprised by public scorn and
falling fortunes since his Senate rebuke for illegally accepting
thousands of dollars from a supporter, businessman David Chang, who’s
in prison while Torricelli blubbers about giving up his senate seat.
disgusted with venality throughout U.S. society, Torricelli is good
riddance, little better than the grafter, former Democratic Congressman
James Traficant, serving eight years for racketeering, bribery and tax
should share a cell with Traficant.
another politician unworthy of public trust.
Democrat Rep. Tom Tancredo, a second termer in Congress, rode into
office on a one theme–term limits. He led Colorado’s term limits
movement, denouncing career politicians and promising to serve only two
Tancredo has abandoned his pledge: he insists he’s too valuable in
Washington and will run for a third term.
chagrined U.S. Term Limits spokesperson said, "We expected Tom to
keep his word."
Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic is on trial for genocide, why isn’t
Iraq's Saddam Hussein?
Saddam is guilty of far more murders of his own people than Milosevic;
of warring on other nations (Iran and Kuwait); building an arsenal of
hideous weapons; skimming billions for his own use while Iraqi children
starve and snubbing United Nations resolutions.
crimes charges against Saddam would isolate him as an international
leper and warn his generals their end is near.
might ultimately lead to his abduction for trial, such as Milosevic, and
avoid another war.
considering this less expensive alternative to war?