Rick Wagner Columnn November 13, 2008
Despite their election victories, some people cannot be pleased
Sometimes it seems you just can’t please people. Folks on the left got their candidate for president elected, which you’d think would make them happy. There are even people talking about a national holiday to celebrate his election, which really breaks new ground, since it would be the first holiday we would have for someone who has done absolutely nothing.
Most who wanted the other guy have pretty much moved past the election and are waiting to see what happens next.
Here in Colorado we re-elected Tim Wirth, sort of. Mark Udall is kind of pale, gray and denim colored but pretty much the same dude.
If he can come close to destroying an entire segment of the economy like Tim did with the telecommunications industry, then you’ll know they really are two peas in a pod.
Surprisingly, when you look at the editorial pages, letters, blogs and the curious produce of the underground typist empire of the Internet, there is a spectrum running from simple despair to hissy fit because Western Colorado chose not to follow the Front Range into the sea.
By the way, I’ve chosen to begin referring to the Front Range environs between Weld and El Paso counties as the “Eastern Bloc” due to their obvious economic policy of robbing us to pay them.
If I learned anything from watching three “Lord of the Rings” movies, it’s that a brooding and expansionist empire to the East is never a good thing.
It’s in the local media that you really see the tear ducts on display. When I read some of the columns, I can almost see the authors bursting out the front door of their cabins, chasing down the retreating horseman shouting, “Bernie! Bernie! Come back Bernie!”
I actually prefer that response to the overly intellectualized cautioning about reading too much into the local election results.
Bear in mind, we can never read too much into the national election results but we should be very careful about our local ones. I think it’s a shame these people don’t smoke pipes anymore because when I read this kind of stuff I always imagine the author gesturing wildly around with his pipe while bent over an old-fashioned typewriter.
The odd part about this befuddlement over that particular race is that the answer seems pretty obvious.
When asked what he thought had happened, the former representative mostly said that he didn’t know.
The answer is, he didn’t know what was going on in his district and his more fervent supporters couldn’t seem to understand that having a leadership position among a group that was hurting the area more than helping, it isn’t a good thing.
Personally I think it was also a little bit of embarrassment. If you’re going to hitch your wagon to a star, do you really want that star to be Bill Ritter?
It’s the same feeling people get when someone at a party has a few too many drinks and starts loudly proclaiming that Keynesian economics pulled us out of the Depression. You feel embarrassed for them and wish they would call a cab to go home.
We have the Ritter thing figured out over here, and it’s for that reason that he has become the Governor of Denver (Eastern Bloc capital) and eyes Western Colorado much the same way Custer did the Little Bighorn.
On the municipal level, the city received the sound spanking it so richly deserved. I’m given to understand there was a lot of shock, if not awe, at the party held in anticipation of the 2A and 2B victory.
Who paid for that party anyway?
I also hear there was lots of milling about and discussion of staffers flinging themselves off City Hall.
Actually, I believe they are hiring some consultants to fling themselves off City Hall after commissioning a study to determine which corner of City Hall would be best to fling themselves.
You just can’t make some people happy.
Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong, which can be reached through the blogs entry at GJSentinel.com.