Jul. 9th, 2011

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So we have a newish Senator, Ron Johnson, and I've come to the conclusion that he isn't very smart. I mean, he can tie his shoes and run a company, I guess, but as far as I can tell that's about the limit. (That and/or he got some serious litter-runt-age on the legislative aide front.) Maybe when he's had more than six months in office he'll make a splash and I'll be surprised. I'm not holding my breath.

What gets me is -- why does this offend me so deeply? Is it even legitimate to expect that my leaders be smart?

Context: I got an email from him in response to something I sent him about the Patriot Act, and yes, of course the content made me cringe (it's not every Tea Party type who takes useful if quixotic libertarian stands) and yes, it pissed me off that it took so long (I think I contacted him like six months ago?) but what made me the maddest of all was that the letter was so damn empty. A smart middle school student could have constructed a more cogent argument, one that involved more words and less white space, perhaps.

I don't know. Maybe you can tell me if I am overreacting to perceived idiocy here? Am I just still mourning Feingold? Do I need to have a series of reckless flings with unsuitable Congressmen before I can give my heart to another?

I told [livejournal.com profile] ukelele that it feels like someone stole all my Vicodin1 and replaced them with Pez.

Johnson's actual letter )

1this is a metaphor

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