Our Lame Duck Not So Lame
I think Dave has enjoyed being Governor. He’s had a nice run. For the most part his agency appointments have been competent and not afflicted with Blagojevich cronyism; his judicial appointments are beyond reproach; after the luxury of being awash with mineral revenue, he anticipated the budget crunch a little bit before it happened. He spent money like a drunken sailor and made the Republicans take the blame. Of course, the Republicans in the Wyoming legislature, like their kin in Congress, eagerly spend money on what their constituents desire while despairing of big government and big spending.
Don’t think I bought it all; I have some significant disagreements with some of Gov Dave’s policies, but that is not the point here.
Lately The Sage Grouse, yet to be cited in a White House briefing or Wall Street Journal front page piece, has put the mud to the faces of a few Wyoming Republican candidates; deservedly so, for after all, they were down in the mud with the pigs, searching for muck instead of answers. The Sage Grouse accused most of them of playing a “Let’s Pretend” game of ignoring reality in search of banality.
Then, on Thursday, June 17, GOP candidate Colin Simpson candidly admitted that the federal government (that’s you and me) does own Yellowstone Park and various national forests, and that there ain’t much we voters can do about that. Maybe Colin is listening to The Sage Grouse. If not, maybe he should. Maybe Colin is not succumbing to the “Let’s Pretend” philosophy. Let’s watch.
And on Thursday, when the seas parted and the skies changed from black to blue, Gov Dave, not admitting to post partum depression, spoke to the candidates: you Republicans, fixated on rhetoric and base pandering, have no policies or positions or specifics on real issues. I thought maybe Gov Dave had been reading The Sage Grouse.
I will be waiting for the telephone to ring.