But the part of that post I found more interesting was a letter that guy wrote to a newspaper, which I'll reprint in its entirety, as it's a bit of honesty that really should be better understood:
I'm a New Hampshire Republican representative. Got slid in during the Republican landslide last fall. So far I really don't know what I'm doing. The whole process is so alien to anything else. A new Rep really needs a coach along with him at first but there is no room for anyone to sit with him, and no way they could holler at him in a committee meeting.And that's the truth, I'm sure. I believe it. I just wish more politicians would say this sort of thing.
Am learning the hard way. Little by little. I think that a few of the other first time reps must be in the same boat with me. We're all sort of bluffing it out. The few votes I've made so far I really didn't know what I was voting for or against. Just looked at the people around me and went along with them.
There is so much pomp and circumstance connected with the legislature. You have to separate the real doings from all the fluff. People who obviously are making very generous salaries come and go as witnesses before the various committees with tidbits of usually self-serving information. You wonder where the money is coming from to pay these people.
Yes, slowly if I keep my health, I'll master this trade and hopefully be of some use to the state. I like to write about things and applied for this job mostly to have the opportunity to write about politics from the inside. They say the pen is mightier than the sword but you've still got to get your scribbling read by the people.
Because all new jobs are tricky to become accustomed to, and I can easily understand how difficult being a legislator would be. Yet, we expect them to do it all. They're supposed to know how to raise funds, fight opponents, manipulate the media, run a staff, respond to constituents, save the day, and never make a mistake. And, if they're lucky enough to have time left over, they'll read the legislation they're voting on; even if it was changed a few hours before the vote.
Because it really is too much for most people to handle. You get into office by running on charm, sham, and luck; and then you hold on for your dear life for a few years until you can start to understand how it all works. That's how it is for regular jobs, and in politics, it's like that times a million. And so you really are dependent upon the party apparatus to tell you how to vote and what to think.
And of course, even those people are just making it up as they go along and nobody ever really has any firm answers about anything. Just as soon as you think you understand the rules of the game, everything shifts and you're out of a job. Any politician who can stay in office past two terms has a real knack for it and should be commended for his/her performance.
And that's why, whenever I hear people whine about how Obama sold us out or is a conservative, I just want to punch them in the fucking face. Seriously. Oh, wah! So you gave a few bucks to Obama. You put a sign in your yard and a bumpersticker on your car. And now you think he owes you the world, because you're his base and you have all the answers. Well why the hell won't you get off your ass and run for office, if you think it's so easy? Huh?
Because seriously, I'm not trying to make excuses for him. This is an acknowledgment that this shit is hard, and as smart as I am, I don't want his fucking job. And if the only thing Obama ever did was to prevent John McCain and Sarah Palin from owning the Whitehouse, that was more than you've ever done in your life. So you should be down on your knees praising his black ass that he did what you couldn't have ever done, and what many of his critics said couldn't be done.
And if he gave us a respectable healthcare plan, job stimuli, credit card and Wall Street reform, and a repeal of DADT; well, that's just the icing on the cake. Because the man's doing an impossible job and needs all the help he can get. And thanks to Republican over-reach, he really shouldn't need that much help, as we're all getting a clear idea of how much better Obama is than the alternative.