Sunday, January 07, 2007

Between game thoughts on McGee

A local academic sends an e-mail reminding me that aldermanic demogaguery in Milwaukee was certainly not limited to the McGees. Some of us remember Bob Anderson, a south side alderman, whose singular contribution (besides constituent service)was to rile people that his constituents didn't like. Other than that the city was no better for his 32 years on the council and I suspect that the McGee legacy will be just as rich.

My correspondent (who I do not have permission to name)also remarks upon the similarity betwwen McGee and segregationist politicians like George Wallace and Pitchfork Ben Tillman, a connection that had occurred to me. The point is not that all are racist, but that they prosper by convincing voters that antagonizing the "right" people is tantamount to accomplishment.

There are lawyers who prosper in the same way. They impress clients by being ineffectually beligerent.

5 comments:

jp said...

So what are we going to do about it?

Anonymous said...

I guess move into his district and vote him out.

jp said...

Are the people who currently live in the district and voted him in getting what they want?

What can we do about the lawyers who prosper in the same way?

Rick Esenberg said...

Same thing. Get someone else.

jp said...

What can we do about our opponent’s lawyer prospering?