Robin Yess has changed her tactics. Instead of fighting for smaller government she is backing county exec Mike Hein, a big government democrat.Right. It's all just a big game, people. There are winners and losers. And what it really comes down to is, which tribe gets to feed at the trough, right?
Why, you ask?
Simple. Terry Bernardo and Mike Hein have been feuding and Robin is stupid enough to believe that the enemy of her enemy is her friend. Trouble is, Hein is a politician. He helps people who can bring him votes. That's the way the game works. This doesn't make him corrupt, it just makes him a politician.
But there's another way of looking at this: It's known as "reaching across the aisle." In simple terms, elected officials in the U.S. used to respect the opposition even if they didn't agree with them most of the time. The reason was that both sides knew, at the end of the day, that the opposition wanted what was best for the nation. The disagreements were about how we would get there.
But all of this changed about 20 years ago with the ascendancy of New Gingrich-style politics. It's not about good governance, nor about winning elections. It's about destroying the "enemy." It's about demonizing the other side to such an extent that compromise is seen as capitulation.
And this is why our system is broken. How can you compromise with someone you want to destroy?
And we won't hear anything about good governance from Bernardo. Instead, all we hear is about how Yess is selling out because she thinks Hein is a reasonable, professional individual whom she feels she can work with.
That's Bernardo's argument against Yess. That's it.
Others, however, including some Republicans (see ToR Councilman Cilenti's letter), have no problem working with the opposition.
This is how government in this country is supposed to operate, folks. For Mocking Robin to ridicule Yess for doing what this nation's founders intended shows just how radical and out-of-touch Bernardo truly is.