Is Chris Kunze Now "Toast", Politically Speaking?
"Anonymous" wrote in and asked if I thought Chris Kunze had any political future at all after his very public election eve betrayal of the school levy, his colleagues on the School Board, and the local public schools.
Anonymous--you must be kidding. Does he have a future? His political future is brighter than ever! This creepy behavior has just turned Kunze into the next rising Republican star in this district! Assholes everywhere in Stillwater will love this guy! "Finished?" Are you kidding me? He's riding a rocket of anal popularity right now--and if he follows up the right way he may ride that rocket right into the State House!
You see, what you guys who read this blog tend to forget is--most of the people we talk to and associate with--are sane, decent people. Most of them are, for the most part, ethical people. They're unlikely to stab you in the back--take advantage of your good nature.
But there are a lot of other people we wouldn't want to have lunch with. They're angry, thwarted selfish people. Some of them are just plain kooks when it comes to the issue of taxation. They have all kinds of kooky arguments and worldviews and schemes and stuff, and they're flattered by the talk radio Republicans.
There's a LOT of those people, right here in Stillwater! That's why the St. Croix Valley is represented by four anti-tax legislators in St. Paul--remember? It is a tremendous mistake for you guys to think that the number of selfish, kooky people is small--just because you and I tend to exclude those people from our social circles. On the contrary--the number of selfish and kooky people is quite large--and they're politically active, too! You must remember that reality, if you want to talk realistically about local politics. The selfish silly bastard vote is probably smaller than "the decent folks who care about the schools" vote--but the selfish silly bastard vote is very active, votes at every given opportunity, and is backed by the conservative media and the present government in St. Paul! You bet Kunze has a future!
What his critics don't seem to realize yet is that what Kunze has done will RAISE his reputation in the eyes of local selfish kooks. His betrayal of his school board colleagues is a sign of CHARACTER in the bizarro world of no-new-taxes morality.
Thole, on the other hand, has LOST credibility with local conservative anti-tax nuts. When he started pushing this levy, he went from local conservative hero to goat. And I bet he's a bit stunned by that. He probably can't believe that his sincere word on how necessary this levy is, is no longer good enough for local conservatives.
George Thole, Republican standard bearer on the School Board, distrusted and marginalized by the local right! Shoved aside as local hero on fiscal restraint in school spending, by his back-stabbling little political wannabe vice-chairman! I bet that's galling to Thole, to suddenly find himself pegged firmly a "big public spender" in comparison to his former protege.
Yes, Kunze has a future! It doesn't matter that he lied and he was caught--how many times has Bachmann been caught publicly in a lie, and she's in the State Senate and ahead in the GOP race for congress! Some of you guys don't get it--the conservative GOP LIKES people who lie, so long as they're ostensibly more anti-tax than anyone else.
I'll bet people are already writing in to the papers in support of Kunze! You have to accept this about a large number of the conservative voters, so I'll say it again: they LIKE a person who does the betraying/lying thing; what Kunze did. And they DESPISE a conservative who votes for necessary public spending as a matter of principle--like Thole.
The sad part is: Thole really thought that his reputation for fiscal prudence, his deserved reputation as a conservative--was going to be enough to convince other local conservatives that this levy really was necessary. Instead he finds himself--at his advanced age--getting in other conservative's faces, week after week, to defend both the levy and his integrity.
I hate the guy's personality, but I admire his stamina and his stand on this particular issue. I hope the levy passes and that Thole then kicks Kunze's ass publicly on election day. But YES--Kunze has a future in politics, if he sticks to the stringent conservative code of ethics that he just followed in betraying the School Board and the families who send their kids to our public schools.