The New York Daily News (via Drudge) and no doubt other New York news outlets are reporting that some person named John Spencer, who is running as a Republican for the Senate in New York, against Hillary Clinton, says that Senator Clinton "used to be ugly," and speculates that she had a bunch of plastic surgery. "You ever see a picture of her back then ?" Mr. Spencer asked. "Whew" he added, in case you didn't get his point.
El Jefe confession time: I hate politics.
Yes, you read that correctly. I really despise politics, politicians and the whole business of office seeking. I understand it well enough, and can perform political calculations in my sleep, but I think the electoral politics business -- gladhanding and mudslinging for votes -- is unspeakably sordid, inherently dirty, and generally repulsive. I suppose that's why I'm basically a monarchist. I'm always glad when election season is over for a time.
I'm interested in government: in the development of legislation, and that sort of politicking -- mostly. I'm fascinated by foreign and military policy, and interested in the treasury, and useful things like roadbuilding, the promotion of commerce, cool public works, fiscal policy and all that goes into building up a strong state and great power. But Jack Politico promising Mrs. Snodgrass that her taxes will go down and her benefits go up (when he have no ability whatever to deliver); and telling her that his opponent Mr. Green is really a no-good who sends IM's to pages ? No thank you. When I hear political speechifying, I usually change the channel.
Now I don't know anything about Mr. Spencer. He may well be a worthy individual. But what kind of fool shoots off his mouth like that ? Besides which it's just boorish to talk like that. But it's worse than boorishness, it's a mistake.
Mind you, although I think that pigs will fly over the Moon before Mrs. Clinton loses, I'd love to see her beaten, because I think the defeat of Democrats would be better for the aforementioned priorities I listed above. Otto von Bismarck is reputed to have said that two things one should never see made are sausages and legislation. Prince Bismarck never saw a US election. Politics, however necessary an evil, is reasonably sick-making.