Monday, April 8, 2019

The Oracle of Ohmagod!!

Warren Buffett is an intelligent man. He's also kind of a sh*t at times. I don't respect how he got rich, which relied a lot upon the government. Nor do I think he's all that wise, especially when it comes to politics, where he seems to be out to enrich himself more than improve the country. That said, he just said something I find to be very interesting. He was asked what question he would ask all the presidential candidates. His answer is... interesting. Here it is:
“I would like to ask a candidate: What are you for that majority of your followers are against?”
That's an interesting question to say the least. In this age of armchair hyper-purists and our foaming at the mouth us versus them political class, whose views are essentially "I hate everything the other side wants," this seems to be an invitation to cut your own throat.

In a more intelligent political atmosphere, this would be a fantastic question. Not only would it allow people to assess where their candidates might part ways with them, but it would tell people that being something less than truly pure is normal and acceptable. Too bad we don't live in that world.

I've been wondering though what the Democratic candidates would say if they were forced? Sadly, I think the answer would be something lamely politicized like: "I don't believe that we can help every person" or "I believe we need a different approach to achieve our goals." Wa wa wa waaaaah. Wouldn't it be fun if they had to answer this honestly? I think it would go a little something like this:

Fauxcahontas Warren: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I've actually thought about our beliefs. Scary. As. Sh*t."

Bernie Sanders: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I believe that race shouldn't matter."

Creepy Joe Biden: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I see chicks and darkies as children who must be cuddled. What? What's wrong with that?"

Andrew Yang: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I believe stopping circumcision and paying athletes are the issues of our time."

Beto: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I don't believe any of the crap they believe. I believe in my own superior being."

Pete Buttigieg: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I think I'm more than just a gay media crush."

John Hickenlooper: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I believe my beliefs are those of a Democrat. They should be at least."

Kamala Harris: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... uh... I have no independent beliefs."

Jay Inslee: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I know where Washington State is."

Amy Klobuchar: Unlike 90% of our supporters... I believe bullying is effective with staff."

Tim Ryan: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I don't hate white men."

Kirsten Gillibrand: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I've destroyed male Democrats. How's civilian life treatin' you, Al Franken?"

Cory Booker: "Unlike 90% of our supporters... I believe I'm relevant."

Yeah. Probably wouldn't work.



tryanmax said...

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I do believe a Republican could better get away with answering that question with some substance than a Democrat would. For Democrats, it would be like the old job interview question "My biggest weakness is that I work too hard." Yak!

Anthony said...

Not since the last president was in office have we seen such disunity among the opposition! Seriously, parties unify around leaders, not beliefs. They have beliefs but they are often conflicting and malleable (for the aforementioned leaders).

My prediction whatever Dem next wins the presidency (probably in 2024) will have no real track record and a gift for big talk which thrills the fringe, just like the last two presidents.

AndrewPrice said...

tryanmax, I HATE that answer, but I heard it all the time when I used to interview other attorneys for our practice group when I was with the big firm.

"Sometimes, I work too hard." "Sometimes, I care too much." etc. Blech.

I do agree with you that a Republican could get away with more ideological variance than a Democrat, but there are still a sizeable number of conservatives who want their version of purity. It seems to be the theme of the modern age.

AndrewPrice said...

Anthony, Probably true. It seems that over-promising is the best strategy these days.

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