Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Matt Blunt, Zen Master

Everyone's buzzing about Matt Blunt's decision to step away from the Governor's mansion at the end of his term. Clever insiders are speculating about replacements for the top of the Republican ticket, odd sycophants are continuing to express loyalty, and our next Governor is graciously focusing on the future.

Me? I'm just left wondering about his reason for quitting - he said he had accomplished all he set out to do.

Wow. So Matt Blunt woke up yesterday morning, took a look around the state of Missouri, and said, "Yup, this is it. This is pretty much the ideal political world. Can't get much better than this . . ."?

Really? This is it? This is what he had in mind?

There's something very Zen about this. He denied 100,000 kids health insurance, but he hadn't denied all of them health insurance. He made college out of reach for thousands and thousands of Missourians, but some are still able to afford it. He never even got around to making it impossible for the poor and elderly to vote. And yet, somehow, Matt Blunt has found inner peace.

Inner fulfillment is a rare and precious thing. Our governor has found it, by deciding that Missouri has the proper balance of wealth and stark poverty, of health and desperate illness, of enfranchisement and disenfranchisement. I'm left behind, marveling at his achievement, and wondering how Governor Nixon will rid the Governor's mansion of the scent from incense and patchouli.

I have not yet achieved Matt Blunt's level of Zen awareness. I still want things to get better.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

1. He knew he couldn't win a 2nd term.

2. He's hoping that whole "criminal destruction of public records" thing will just go away if he leaves office.

3. He's making himself available to be V.P. He even looks a bit like Dan Quayle.

1/23/2008 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anna Moose said...

Dan

Zendom can be achieved with the proper application of pharmaceuticals. Would you like the name of my doctor? I bet Mr Blunt has a good Doctor too, maybe you could ask him.

Anna

1/23/2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger sophia said...

If snark could achieve zen, it would look like this post. Well done.

1/23/2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

Zendom doesn't just come with meds, but also with your own panic buttons too.

Matt Blunt's vision: A chicken in every pot and a panic button in every home. God knows my anxiety has risen because of OTB (One Term Blunt).

1/24/2008 10:40 AM  

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