Well, at Least She didn’t Claim to be Native American

Another Massachusetts politician does what needs to be done to defeat her rival by sticking to the issues and calmly pointing out…  Nope.  Can’t keep a straight face.

Denise Andrews, a Democrat representing the the 2nd Franklin district, went to the police accusing her Republican opponent of buying cocaine.

Andrews claims she was acting on behalf on a concerned constituent who had called her with worries that GOP candidate Susannah Whipps Lee was buying drugs.

To be fair, Andrews does insist that she was just being a good citizen.

The 53-year-old has posted a statement about the cocaine allegations incident on her Facebook page denying that her actions were politically motivated or intended to slander her opponent.

Of course they weren’t.

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Empty Suits can’t Handle Blame

I’m not exactly a people person.  When I got my first middle management job, I bought several books on leadership.  I realized that I didn’t know squat about how to motivate and lead people, so I tried to get some insight into people who had successfully done so or had studied those who did.  I still don’t fancy myself that good a leader, but one thing stuck in my head.  Every book that I read insisted that an indispensable part of leadership is accountability.  A few examples (all emphasis mine).

Leadership is not a paycheck. Leadership is a calling. You have to want to lead with all the caring and energy of Ernest Shackleton conquering Antarctica or Moses parting the Red Sea. And you have to be accountable—no blame game is acceptable. The buck stops at the tip of your nose.

Level 5 leaders look out the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well (and if they cannot find a specific person or event to give credit to, they credit good luck). At the same time, they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly.

When his generals performed well, Lincoln gave them the credit; when they performed poorly, Lincoln took the blame. Lincoln expert Donald T. Phillips acknowledged, “Throughout the war Lincoln continued to accept public responsibility for battles lost or opportunities missed.”‘

Refusal to accept blame, pointing fingers at others, and wimpy language can help bosses keep their jobs for a while, but it usually backfires in the long run. No matter what is said, bosses are seen as responsible for what their people do.

The accepting of responsibility is part and parcel of a true leader.  It’s not, of course, the only thing that makes a good leader, but it is not an optional characteristic.
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No, We don’t Belong to the Government. The Government Belongs to Us

I hope this is a practical joke.  I really hope this is some troll looking to cause outrageous outrage in the conservative/libertarian blogsphere and laugh about how gullible we are.  Because if not…ugh.

We belong to the government?  Really?  Are the democrats that tone deaf or did they just decide to stop pretending?

h/t Ace

Update:  Alas, not a practical joke.  Per Hot Air, the Romney campaign has already responded.  Looks like they’re one of the 3 people that actually read this blog.

Yes, rest assured, Romney and the GOP are already working on ads about this. It’s the GOP that cut the clip and circulated it, in fact. Mitt himself evidently can’t wait to get started:

We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 4, 2012

Though I suspect it’s not Mitt reading my blog so much as I’m not as original as I thought.

You’re no Lyndon Johnson

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein over at Huffington Post are very disappointed in Barack Obama for trying to play politics. They compare the current political situation with Lyndon Johnson’s passing of a major tax cut in addition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They credit Johnson’s bypassing of congress and taking his case to the People.

Johnson surveyed the legislative landscape and knew he had to shake things up.

Rather than negotiate with Congress, Johnson turned the goodwill of the nation into a force with which to bludgeon the GOP and expand what was politically possible. He took his case to the American people, reminding them that the GOP was the “Party of Lincoln,” and flooded Washington with religious leaders who lobbied Congress.

In fact, they state that “Had Johnson stuck to inside baseball, he would have struck out twice.”

I think they need to read LBJ’s biography. Johnson was the consummate insider who had spent over two decades in congress. He knew, much more so than Obama, how to push a bill through the legislature (emphasis added).

Many believe that Johnson was able to pass the 1964 and 1965 Acts because of an exceptional set of circumstances. During his 24 years in Congress Johnson had gained unprecedented experience in getting legislation through Congress. He also had an unusual two- thirds of Congress in his favour and Congressmen felt particularly after Kennedy’s assassination that they should be righting national wrongs. Johnson was himself exceptionally persuasive and determined and had a lifelong commitment to helping the poor.

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Just Imagine My Surprise

I find it interesting that for generations now, the mantra of feminism has been how harmful sexual objectification is for women’s mental health.  I seem to recall being told that women were more than a pretty set of curves (not that there’s anything wrong with that–I happen to like a nice set of curves, but I digress…), but that they were also valuable for their intelligence, wisdom, and leadership skills.  I’m also informed that gender wage gaps are bad.  Finally, I am bombarded with the notion that this is all the fault of the paternalistic right-wing whackos.

And yet…

I now hear that there’s a war on women, fought mainly by the resistance to giving out free contraceptives.   I consider myself libertarian on most social issues, and I don’t begrudge a woman the right to use contraception if she wishes.  I just don’t believe that society  should be made to pay for it.  And I certainly don’t believe that someone who has religious qualms about birth control should be required to pitch in.  But that seems to be enough to label me as a right-wing whackjob who hates women and stuff.

And yet…

Of course, there really doesn’t seem to be too much to get outrageously outraged about.  America has women governors, cabinet secretaries, senators, and respected business leaders across the board.  Is it perfectProbably not, but only a damned fool would say progress has not been steady and continuing.

And yet…

The arguments that I hear coming from the left are all about sex.  I hear very little about the evils of sexual objectification.  In fact, it seems to be the goal.  Perhaps this is the result of realizing that there really has been tremendous progress, and still absolutely aching to be outraged about something.  Or maybe it’s just desperation.  Whatever the reason, it now gives us the, dare I say, hysterical, image of leftist protesters at the RNC dressing up as ridiculously huge vaginas while holding signs demanding that the GOP respect women.

I’ll respect you as soon as I stop laughing at you.

 

So far the Republican party is leading on the economy.  If this is all the democrats have in the quiver, I see a W in the gender column for the GOP, too.

Apparently, I’m Doing it Wrong

I was going to update my Neil Young Armstrong post, but I felt it was more important to confess my sins and come clean afresh.  Apparently, my homage to the great explorer and pioneer was insufficiently grand, as I included a stock NASA photo of the man.  Turns out, the proper homage would have been to include a stock photo of myself.

I do hereby humbly apologize for the grievous sin of not making it all about me.

A most humble hat tip to Stoaty

Not Smart

Not a particularly bright move on the part of the staffer in question.

Granted it wasn’t quite as bad as the dustup during the Coakley campaign (as Prof Jacobson reminds us), but it’s still not a smart reaction to an opposition tracker.  A tracker who is likely trying to get that very sort of reaction on camera.

Trackers have become a fact of life on the campaign trail, thanks to the decline in the cost of recording everything.  In fact, this is precisely the kind of thing that trackers want to catch on camera, along with candidate gaffes and inconsistencies.  How smart is it to hand that kind of event to one’s opponent on a silver platter?

The candidate who lets his staff, or himself, loose their cool in front of a camera doesn’t usually have things end well for them.

I Always Knew that He wasn’t as Smart as Everyone Thought

President Obama, about to violate a rather important rule of Evil Overlordship.

Obama Violates the Evil Overlord Rules

This is what happens when you start to believe your own press clippings.

Update:  I couldn’t resist.  This one just wrote itself.

Should I keep Joe Biden on the Ticket?

Okay, I’ll stop now…

Something Tells Me that She Quite Likes the Republican VP Nominee

I think they’ve started writing the romance novel in the comments section.  Cover’s already made, though.