Last week, I had an opportunity to extend a business trip
and spend a day with my parents in my home town,
Catching up with the local politics there is always fun because that’s where I started my career, covering the Peoria City Council, for a weekly newspaper, not so coincidentally called the Penny Press.
I arrived to find an open seat in the 18th Congressional District where Ray Lahood has announced his retirement and an old family friend, John Morris, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.
Now, John, at age 39, is probably the central casting
template for a good, Republican, congressman. He spent eight years on the City Council while he also served as the
development director for the Public Television station which, not
coincidentally, was founded by my father, Phil Weinberg. He graduated from the
so he understands how people who specialize in big, heavy-handed, government think and his real-life experience has taught him what it takes to combat those folks.
He has had enough experience in life to know that good government should be more than talking points and that the essential job of a Congressman is to make sure that government does not become a growth industry.
He is running against a 26 year old kid named Aaron Schock who appears to be the Republican’s very own Barack Obama. The kid’s resume looks like this:
Waged a successful write-in campaign for School Board when he was 19.
Didn’t finish his term because he waged a successful campaign for state assembly.
State GOP spends big bucks getting him re-elected in a very Democratic district.
And, now, he wants to abandon his seat and be a Congressman at age 26, which, in case nobody has ever mentioned this to him, is only one year older than the minimum Constitutional requirement. This kid might have gotten his driver’s license when he was 10 if he could have.
At least Obama had to wait until he was over 35 to run for President.
Now, I’m sure that despite looking a little like Doogie Howser, Schock is a very nice young man.
But, just like Obama, it appears like Schock is running for an office before he has enough experience to understand anything about life because he can. He has enablers who help him raise money and sycophants who tell him how smart he is and he probably actually believes his own press clippings. Just like Obama.
The problem here is that before you decide how to vote on matters of life or death, you probably ought to have a little understanding of, and experience in, life and death.
You should also at least finish the term of an office to which you have been elected before you seek a higher office. At the pace this kid is on, if he were elected to Congress, he’ll run for the Senate in three years and then have to wait until he’s 35 to run for President.
As his guidance counselors, the voters of
should probably point out to him that learning how to do a job is actually more important than getting elected to it.
The way this kid is acting, you’d think he’s a hot handed college basketball coach who is trying to get out of his contract so he can coach at a bigger school for more money.
I’m not saying that this kid may not, someday, be a serious player. If he actually stayed in a job long enough, he might develop a distinguished resume of accomplishment. Even Doogie Howser actually practiced medicine in the TV show.
But before one becomes a Congressman, one should probably get a little farther from the onset of puberty than Schock is today.
One Barack Obama is enough. Let the Democrats have that honor.