Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Guliani dropped out. Edwards dropped out. Rudy endorses McCain. Edwards has yet to anoint anyone. One wonders what the Schwarzenegger household is like, as he prepares to endorse McCain while his wife's family is lining up behind Obama. Presidential politics appear to be getting more and more streamlined, even if they aren't exactly simple yet. If the idea is to see who survives the months before the conventions, then one wonders what will be left to finish off the campaign.
Meanwhile, out in Detroit, there's a very ugly bit of local business on everybody's mind. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded for forgiveness from his family and his constituents Wednesday in an emotional televised speech. This was his response to recently revealed text messages that contradict his sworn testimony that he did not have a physical relationship with a key aide. He apologized, but he wasn't specific about what he was apologizing. As Bill Clinton can attest, extra-marital affairs aren't illegal, they're just bad press. That is, unless you start lying under oath.
The story gets messier since the messages call into question testimony Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty gave in a lawsuit filed by two police officers who alleged they were fired for investigating claims that the mayor used his security unit to cover up extramarital affairs. Keeping your pants on is one thing. Paying your security people to keep it quiet is quite another.
This isn't the first time Kilpatrick has been in this sort of trouble. His first four years were marred by use of his city-issued credit card for expensive travel, the city's lease of a luxury Lincoln Navigator for his wife and unsubstantiated allegations of a wild party involving his security team and strippers at the mayor's mansion.
You'll understand why I am presently more interested in what's happening in Detroit than what's happening on the national front. For me, this is precisely what has been missing from the presidential campaign this year. Call me when Romney gets tossed out of a leather bar, or Hillary confesses her love for collies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Romney in a leather bar...that's an image I wasn't ready for. And yet, it works.

So when's Kilpatrick going into rehab? Maybe he could go on Celebrity Rehab 2.