Since December, I have been trying to look beyond Hillary and Obama. I like John Edwards. I really liked Vilsack but he is out of the race. Senators Dodd and Biden are good people with a lot of experience but there was something really different about Bill Richardson. Ambassador Richardson was been, well, an ambassador. He has been a senator. He has been Secretary of Energy. He has been Governor. He seems to talk the talk and walk the walk then, yesterday, something very surprising happened that may have turned me off to Bill Richardson forever. He got an endorsement from conservative columnist, David Brooks of the New York Times. UUUUUuuuuugggggghhhhh. Where’s the Phenergan, I think I’m going to throw up.
So there I was, sitting in my office, quietly contemplating suicide. I was watching a cattle call of Democratic presidential candidates on C-Span. In their five-minute speeches, they were laying it on thick with poll-tested, consultant-driven clichés of the Our Children Are Our Future variety. The thought of having to spend the next two years listening to this drivel set me wondering if it was literally possible to be bored to death.
Then Bill Richardson walked onstage. He was dressed differently — in slacks and a sports jacket. He told jokes that didn’t seem repeated for the 5,000th time. He seemed recognizably human, unlike some of his overpolished peers. He gave the best presentation, by far. (more…)