Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Manly Men: Governance Edition

If you're the sort of person who thinks being all manly man and riding roughshod over your opponents when in the majority and conversely using every trick in the book to forestall when in the minority are signs of being a serious politician, you might consider Scott Walker's recent career. He ran roughshod over opponents, insulted voters, workers, and citizens because of the roughshod riding and procedural trickery. And, finally, he discovers that actions have consequences as a broad-based coalition forms to remove members of his cabal from office.

It would seem that as a practical matter playing winner-take-all politics in a stable democracy means that you if you win and you are wrong, and manly men are nearly always wrong regardless of their alleged "ideological" commitments, you lose.

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