April 07, 2007

Quotent Politicos

by Armen

I apologize for the dearth of quotes in the past few weeks, but I was away in Australia. During the weekend in Sydney, the government of New South Wales held statewide elections. One thing Aussies (pronounced Ozzies) have in common with the Yanks is their utter distaste for politicians. The labour government in charge of NSW was described to me as roughly somewhere between corrupt and criminal (by SEVERAL different people). But they won an overwhelming electoral victory. Simply amazing.

The Aussies also share a collective ignorance about our own politics. They don't really understand the concept of a primary election...much like they don't understand the concept of a drip coffee. When I was in undergrad, a course on the Presidency had one reading assignment on how campaign donations and party elites determine the likely nominee of each party fairly early on during the election cycle. The Republican establishment seems to be rallying around Romney, but the Democratic one is a bit up in the air. In all honesty, once I start making the big bucks, I will donate the maximum amount to my candidate (Obama). I'm just glad that his fundraising is putting doubts to the conventional wisdom of an all but certain Hilary nomination.

This is a very long way of introducing my quote. When my classmate quoted this line, it took me 2 attempts to name the movie. In that vein, I won't name the movie but leave it up to the gentle readers.

"Listen, I'm a politician which means I'm a cheat and a liar, and when I'm not kissing babies I'm stealing their lollipops. But it also means I keep my options open. "

I love campaign season. Happy Easter, Passover, and Tax Filings.

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