Sunday, September 08, 2002
More Reasons to Vote for Ms. Reno
My entry last night (here) about this Tuesday's primary was more about why voting for McBride was, in fact, a likely lose, not a win. It was an invitation for the "we have to vote for McBride because Reno has too many negatives to defeat Jeb Bush" to reconsider whether, in fact, McBride will be as strong of a candidate in the general election as they seem to think.
I didn't give a lot of reasons for why Ms. Reno would likely make a good governor. Here are some:
Some people hold the Waco and Elian Gonzales incidents against Mr. Reno. I believe that they demonstrated the qualities that would make her a good governor: A clarity in understanding situations realistically, regardless of the politics of them; the ability to make a potentially unpopular decision; a willingness to assert legitimate governmental authority against individuals and groups who seem to believe that their own perception of being right justifies their acting outside the rules, processes, and procedures the rest of us obey and participate in day-in and day-out; and an understanding of the necessity of taking responsibility for the consequences of the use of authority (instead of blaiming it on others).
In a word: Cajones.