Jeanette Rishell is out there once again trying to be our delegate. After the twenty point thumping she got last year, most would have thought she would have gotten the message about just how terrible a candidate she is and how extraordinarily difficult it would be for her to unseat Delegate Jackson Miller. Even the local paper, typically a pretty friendly venue for Democrats, had concluded she is a liar and strongly attacked her candidacy. Instead of learning a lesson from all this, she’s instead latched on to the results of the Obama GOTV effort thinking that folks who voted for Obama last November will come out and vote for her this coming November. That’s quite a stretch. A huge one.
I heard about pretty strong efforts by the Democratic Party leadership to find someone else to run for months, and apparently nothing developed. Two-time loser Rishell wasn’t going to back off, so it would have meant a primary fight making it even more difficult to find someone to run. Rishell was determined to be the candidate and wasn’t going to listen about the potential of having someone else take a crack at this. No, somehow she was going to ride Obama’s coattails, twelve months after they passed by.
We already have enough politicians who are out there to “be somebody” rather than to “do something”, as Col. John Boyd so famously put it.
One day you will take a fork in the road, and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go [one] way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go [the other] way and you can do something – something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself … If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself … To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you have to make a decision. To be or to do?
So where does Jeanette Rishell fall in on this spectrum? “Women and Politics” settles that pretty conclusively:
Jeanette talks about the importance of mutual responsibility accompanied by hard work. She sees Virginia as having the opportunity to become a leader and hopes to focus on improving things like transportation and education to create job growth.
You know, I kinda would expect that a person become a leader before they ask to represent us in the House of Delegates, rather than hope that serving in this position will somehow transform them into one. That doesn’t happen very often, and that’s how you get folks that vote for bills they don’t even bother to read.
I can’t say I’m surprised.
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