Friday’s always bring three things to me..
The first – and the most important one – is two days off in a row. Most of the time anyways. In my case this weekend, it’s one day off. And then I have to be up early to fly to Minneapolis for two days of teaching, status sessions, meetings, and project time. The good thing is that I have many friends there and will get to spend time with them. The bad side? This will make about my tenth travel day out of the last fourteen days. Not a good ratio – but hey, everything comes out of balance now and then.
For the Left, Mr. Bush is automatically under a cloud of suspicion; he is an unapologetic twanger who likes guns, barbeques, NASCAR, “the ranch,” and pick-up trucks. It matters little that George Bush’s record on classical civil-rights issues is impeccable, without a hint of the deplorable racism of a younger Senator Byrd, a Lyndon Johnson, or an Al Gore Sr. Every statement Bush drawls out about religion, affirmative action, or abortion is forever suspect — sort of what would happen should a Germanic-sounding Arnold Schwarzenegger quite rightly lecture Californians about the need for greater order, efficiency, cohesiveness, and the willpower to regain pride and purpose. Necessary, yes — but for some, given his accent, Wagnerian and spooky all the same.
Ahhh, the glories of Friday!