Great post by Loudoun Insider: http://www.tooconservative.com/?p=14272
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors wrapped up a public meeting as fast as they can and got police escort through the entrance to the front of the stage on camera view for a Mitt Romney rally at Ida Lee Park. I know I’m not the best person to speak against the actions of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in this instance because I refuse to vote for Mitt Romney, but I would say the same for an all-Democratic Board with a Democratic candidate for President. I am pretty sure this would be a no-go if it was a split board.
When does the politics stop and the work for the people begin? The politics never end and the politicians never want it to end.
Politics is Hollywood for the ugly. The odds of making it in sports and entertainment are very, very small even if you have talent. The easiest way to get face time on TV is to do politics. The attention is already showered on local elected officials and it only gets better as you move on up to the fancy digs of Capitol Hill. I know an intelligent, good-looking Capitol Hill staffer who told me, “Capitol Hill is the perfect backdrop for my rap video.”
At least that guy was honest about his motivations. For some people, it was never about the people and if they recognize that, I am okay with that. Unfortunately, most politicians cloak their starvation for attention under the pretenses of “working for the people.”
I know that at the local level, there are some people who do not come from an activist background who truly, with child-like wonder and enthusiasm, believe that they can improve the lives of the people in their community through politics. Once these people get elected, they either fall victim to the system and don’t even know it, buy into the extremist rhetoric of the political party that elected them when they previously were thoughtful and middle of the road, and/or they can’t figure out how to play the game (because politics really is just a game) to get things done. Still, no one turns down face time on TV. How convenient.
These Presidential rallies are obscene, gaudy spectacles. Local elected officials scramble for VIP seats behind the candidate in camera view and joust for speaking slots. Talk about hypemen. Everyone tries to be the person who introduces the person who introduces the person who introduces the person who introduces the person who introduces the person who will introduce the candidate.
This is like Mannie Fresh introducing Big Tigger who introduces P.Diddy who introduces Rick Ross who introduces Wale who introduces Jay-Z. These politicians are not ballers and rappers, but they act like they want to be and young people know that saying the right things that rile up the activist base is the surest way to stardom and a speaking slot in front of 20,000 people at a convention and a national TV audience.
Politics is Hollywood for the ugly and there is no uglier person in Loudoun politics than Eugene Delgaudio.