From Pine View Farm

How Dumb Can One Be? (Updated) 4

Update, 10/14/2006

Craig Schelske ran for office four years ago, though his website it still alive (that’s not really a surprise–my old AOL web address still works, though I left AOL almost three years ago).

As far as I am concerned, this in no way affects the point of my post, which is pretty much this: If you want to be in public life, you need to behave, or, at least, be conscientiously hypocritical. What kind of self-entitled arrogance leads one to misbehave, for heaven’s sake, on Craig’s List?

Oh, I guess it was the same type of self-entitled arrogance that led Congressman Cunningham to write out his bribe menu on a napkin, that led Congressman Ney–oh, never mind.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled flame wars.

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Some years ago, the local school district went through a bad time. The Superintendent was sort of like, well, treating it as his own personal domain. What finally drove him from his job was the revelation that one of the school board members had purchased a refrigerator for him with school funds.

In the next school board election, the reform ticket carried the day (one of the winners in the election was the ex-principal of my children’s high school, who got fired for standing up to the Superintendent–sort of a delicious irony, that).

At the time, someone I knew suggested I run for the school board.

I declined. I’m too lazy to run for public office.

But, had I been interested, I still would have been deterred by the thought that, when someone runs for office, anything he or she has ever done may become ammunition.

Some of my fondest memories (waving a picket sign in Richard Nixon’s face, attending the Big One, conducting workshops at ISPI Conferences, watching my kids grow and mature), and some of my least fond memories, like the time I . . ., and the time I . . ., not to mention the time I . . . , would have been subject to discovery and use.

So how stupid is this? (from RawStory)

Lurid divorce story for GOP candidate, country singer Evans

Or have some politicians concluded they are beyond the law and beyond public opinion?

Oh, yeah. I forgot.

They are just following the lead of George W. III.



  1. Opie

    October 13, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Any man who would let Sara Evans get away lacks sufficient judgment for public office, case closed. Further details are superfluous.

  2. Karen

    October 14, 2006 at 8:30 am

    I read her quote to CMT about what keeps a marriage together, & maybe that was part of her problem. Sometimes, it takes just plain stubborn, not to let the history go.

    Oh, Opie.

  3. Opie

    October 14, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Well Karen, when it comes to sustaining a marriage with a very trying and unpredictable man, I yield to your higher expertise.

  4. Opie

    October 14, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    Frank: I have read the revision to this post, and I still stand behind my initial comment.