Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Win One, Lose One

My prediction of the election outcome was wrong—it turned out about as the polls predicted. On the other hand, I got my preferred outcome, with the House controlled by one party, the Senate by the other, making it less likely that Congress would do things.

The one negative outcome was the defeat of Dana Rohrabacher. Fifty years ago he was a young libertarian troubador and babe magnet and a friend of mine. I have a verse from one of his songs at the beginning of my first book.

But he's seventy-one, so perhaps due for a rest.

6 Comments:

At 8:31 AM, November 08, 2018, Blogger Perry E. Metzger said...

Dana Rohrabacher didn't seem all that libertarian in recent years anyway.

 
At 5:51 PM, November 11, 2018, Blogger Modern Mugwump said...

Re evil vs. stupid, I've long held that thoughtful partisans on each side are firmly convinced that their own party is the “Stupid” party, while the opposition is the “Evil” party.

(If you think the situation is less symmetrical than that, I submit that this is an indicator of your partisanship.)

 
At 10:15 AM, November 12, 2018, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Rohrabacher's district and never liked him. However libertarian he may have been when you knew him, these days he's a shameless partisan hack. He was also a friend of Putin back when most of the GOP was opposed to him.

Never would have pegged him as a poet though. Mind sharing some of his work?

 
At 7:33 PM, November 13, 2018, Blogger Godfrey Miller said...

Why can't you see?
We just want to be free
To have our homes and families
And live our lives as we please.
DANA ROHRABACHER WEST COAST LIBERTARIAN TROUBADOUR
[And, much later, Republican Congressman]


From The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism (Kindle Locations 30-35)

 
At 1:07 PM, November 16, 2018, Blogger David Friedman said...

I haven't followed Dana's career in Congress much, but I believe he was coauthor of a bill forbidding the government to spend money prosecuting people for marijuana use in states where it was legal, and I think I remember him proposing some way of using volunteer amateurs in an astronomical context, I think to detect asteroids that might collide with the Earth.

 
At 8:22 AM, November 28, 2018, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi,
The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me as much as this particular one.New Year Quotes And Sayings I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought you would probably have something useful to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you could possibly fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.
Thanks

 

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