Or so I thought. I had already been doing physical therapy exercises for about 1 1/2 hrs before Mr. Suave showed up, and then he had me do some more exercises. Our time together generally culminated in a walk up and down my (long)driveway, and this visit was no different. I was so relieved, having noticed he already had his glasses with him, and his clipboard, so clearly, he was going to leave as soon as we got back to his car. Except we started talking about the state of education on the walk, and by the time we got to the car, he said,"Yeah, I wanted to mention something just a little bit political." He then launched into his impressions of Nikki Haley, going on and on about her platform, though he threw in a dig about Sarah Palin saying that at least Nikki Haley is more eloquent than Palin. I told him that Palin really didn't say she could see Russia from her house, that was Tina Fey, and mentioned that Palin's dad was a teacher. That was all I could get out before he brushed it off, didn't want to hear anything else (because really, why - he had already decided she was a moron, so why listen to anything that might contradict that?).
So, he talked on and on about what Haley wants, and when he took a breath, I said, "Well, what about Vincent Sheheen? What's HIS platform?" His response? "I don't really know, but, well, um, uh, probably neither one of them will be all that good" (or words close to that effect). Uh huh. And back to Haley. He made a point of watching Haley, looking for anything he could criticize (that she wants to cut taxes is one of the things on which he focused since SC schools are so crappy). But her male competitor? What was HIS stance on taxes and education? How the hell would the PT know? He just knew he was going to try and convince me not to vote for Nikki Haley. I hadn't said anything about her one way or the other, so ALL of his pontificating was completely unsolicited. (For the record, Vincent Sheheen has talked about tax reform after being pushed by a small business owner on the rates small businesses pay.)
Imagine my, um, delight, when Mr. PT said he would drop by if he was out this way, and was going to keep my number. Oh, joy. That's just jake...
While I am talking about SC politics, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the platform for the Democratic candidate for US Senator, Alvin Greene. He is happily campaigning along on this platform: the recession is all Senator Jim DeMint's fault. Huh? Now, I am no big fan of DeMint's but honestly, I had no idea the man was that powerful. And if he is, I am going to ask him to pick my lottery numbers for me so we can get that little place down in Montserrat on which I've had my eye. Want to know what is REALLY surprising? That DeMint is leading him by ONLY 37%!! Really? Not, say, 100%?? That is pretty scary, if you ask me. Just in time for Halloween!
Okay, I have said some unkind things about N.O.W. recently, all deserved, IMHO (like endorsing Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman), but they have finally realized that they were supposed to represent ALL women. Yep - they have now come out and condemned an online tabloid for running an anonymous article about Christine O'Donnell, US Senate candidate in Delaware:
[snip] O’Neill said that while NOW “finds O’Donnell’s political positions dangerous for women … that does not mean it’s acceptable to use slut-shaming against her, or any woman.” [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
A bit backhanded "support," but there you are.
Finally, I asked my good buddy, Divine Democrat, a Chicago suburg resident (who may be posting again at Bad Habit come November - YAY), about how things are playing out in IL with the two candidates running for Obama's seat. She responded with the following (and I post this with her permission, and with a few edits for typos and space):
Well, elections in IL are always down and dirty so it's never a surprise to us when the dirty tricks begin. I knew when Obama became President he would be bringing his dirty style politics to Washington with him and he hasn't disappointed. The thing is, most people blamed it all on Rahm (who is a real sleezeball), but it wasn't just Rahm, it's Obama making the calls on the real sleezy stuff...especially if it's sneaky and backroom style. For instance, that mess in FL with Clinton pressuring Meek to quit. On Greta Van Susteran last night, she was interviewing Crist and he said that he knew about it and that he had spoken to "someone in the White House" about it. Greta, bless her heart, tried to get him to tell who it was but he refused so she started rattling off names...but he said "no, it wasn't him". But the one name she didn't mention was Obama, himself. I know it was him! That's the way Obama works. I also know if she had mentioned Obama's name to Crist that he would not be able to say "no" so convincingly. He's a real sleezeball, too.
In IL, I don't think Quinn has a chance in hell of winning the Governor race. Everywhere I go I see Brady signs. Oh..and Alexi Giannoulias will only win if the numbers are cooked (which they probably will be, I heard the dead vote will be coming out in droves). I also see Kirk signs wherever I go (although I haven't been in the Chicago city limits since the last Sox game)...(Alexi) doesn't look like he's put in an honest days work in his entire life. Just like Obama, he's had everything handed to him on a silver platter.
I can tell you this, if the Republicans do well in IL, say they take the Senator and Governor position, it won't bode well for Rahm Emanuel when he runs for Mayor. Rahm will just be seen as another Obama lackey and Obama is not that well loved, even in IL...
I only wish Dick Durbin was up for re-election this term...I'd love to kick his ass out of office, too.
Divine Democrat made some more interesting comments about Rahm Emanuel in a follow-up email as I asked if the residency issue had been swept under the rug. She wrote:
No one in Chicago is really talking about the eligibility of Rahm, that was buried along with the rest of the corruption within the Chicago political hierarchy. I did hear something about the "Anybody but Rahm" coalition forming which first started within the City Council with aldermen who don't want another "bully" mayor. It seems to be spreading to Latino and African American leaders. So, we'll see, I guess. I still won't count him out, though...I'm sure he'll get enough Union leaders who will take a few of those aldermen to the back room for a beating...er, talking to.
Short of it is, that Rahm is not popular, but given his methods, one cannot count him out. Yep, we know all about those methods, don't we?
Well, I'm going to stop rambling now go try and recover from my physical therapy. What is happening in your neck of the woods on the political front? I'd sure be interested to know...