by Max Brantley
This week, most of the Republican callers to my radio show supported the shutdown and the showdown. One of them said it best. He said, ‘We sent those guys to Washington to take a stand.’ That’s when I realized, Houston, we’ve got a problem.
Because, no, we didn’t send those guys to Washington to ‘take a stand.’ We sent them to govern. You see, it’s really easy to take a stand. Heck, you don’t even have to go to the trouble of running for office or serving as an elected official. On radio and TV, I take a stand every day. You can take a stand by raising your voice on the Capitol steps but to make a real change, you’ve got to get inside that building and have a vote.
I can raise Cain as a talk show host. But to raise up test scores, create jobs, or build roads and reform prisons, I had to govern. And unless the numbers are all on your side, you are not going to get everything you want.
…When I cook barbecue ribs, I cook them on low heat and I cook them slow to make them fall off the bone, real tender. ‘Cause good cooking is not done over an explosion but over a steady heat.
You know, we’ve seen people in Washington taking a stand, but the question is, are they governing? Most people don’t care about the process in the kitchen. They care about the finished product. Governing is about mastering the process so the product will nourish and not make us sick.
I’ve come to the conclusion that some of the politicians would be better as talk show hosts and some of the talk show hosts ought to run for office and find out what it’s really about.