Widely anticipated, but pretty clear now that Obama will nominate Sen. Kerry for Secretary of State. I think this is a good move. Kerry is well-qualified for the job, and seems to garner a lot of respect from both sides of the aisle.
I know Manny Ortez is a big fan
So who puts the bug in candidates' ears about seeming what they are not? John Kerry last week professed to be a big fan of "Manny Ortez," then re-emphasized the phoofery by correcting it to "David Ortez." No, that was Dave (Baby) Cortez and "The Happy Organ." A few years back Kerry went on a Boston station with Eddie Andelman and said "my favorite Red Sox player of all time is The Walking Man, Eddie Yost," who never played for the Red Sox. Kerry is going to sweep New England. He's going to get 70 percent of the vote in Massachusetts. He doesn't have to be a Red Sox fan, all he has to do is not be John Ashcroft.
I know you are just making a joke, and I do think its funny, but I just thought this was a good spot for a rant.
I hate this idea that politicians need to be "one of us". In fact, I don't want them to be one of us. Yes, there needs to be some level of relatability, but it has gone too far IMO.
Whether it is Romney trying desperately to relate to the "common man", the constant mention of Joe sixpack, et al, or Kerry/Romney/etc. pretending they know anything about the local sports team.
Their job is not to be a sports team, it is to lead us. I would much rather they just said "you know what, I wish I knew someone on the Red Sox, but unfortunately, I am too busy working on foreign and domestic policy to be able to follow it".
Because that is the politician I want. I want the really smart guy, who concentrates on his job, not the one who spends half his day at the water cooler, chatting up the secretary.