I keep trying to say that Utah’s politicians aren’t on the payroll of their donors, but they do seem to make it hard to keep up the argument.
Consider Gov. Gary Herbert and Alton Coal. As this letter to the SL Trib makes clear, it sure does look fishy. He get’s $10,000 and they get a permit to build a strip coal mine near Bryce National Park.
I am well aware that we need jobs in this state, and well aware that coal is what make electricity, but does Herbert have to make it look SO much as if he’s doing a donor a favor?
I mean, cripes, Gary, at least consider appearances.
Speaking of loons: The Huffington Post has a story today on a candidate the Tea Party picked, presumably because he said all the right angry things, for the Illinois Senate race. Turns out, now the guy is saying some pretty blatant wrong things– like that black men prefer selling drugs to getting an education and a job. The state’s GOP can’t get away from the guy fast enough now.
This is just another example of why you shouldn’t pick people who are happy to publically share your anger without first checking to see what they’re saying in private. Anyone can scream generalities about balancing the budget, after all.
It’s also a good example of the huge flaw in the GOP strategy of letting the Tea Party whackos be the attack dogs and help them win the election, confident that the dogs can be brought to heel later.
Those dogs can get out of control way too easily.
What’s predictable is, I bet this guy uses the Joe Miller/Christine O’Donnell defense for his idiocy – that this just proves how he’s imperfect and “one of you.”
What’s sad is, I bet, at least among the really true believers, it works.