This just in. A couple of Democratic legislators told me yesterday that they heard Mike Michaud said something intelligent at his first gubernatorial fund-raiser.
The Democratic candidate for governor was cruising soothingly along; speaking about getting Maine of the right track, forging a path together, working together, honoring hard-working Mainers, working together, bi-partisan bliss, civility, lots of free stuff, working together—all the usual—when he seemed to lose his place in the script, stammered a bit and blurted out something which sounded suspiciously intelligent.
He said that, of course, there are a lot of Mainers who wouldn’t do a lick of work as long as they could make some kind of living on welfare.
He quickly recovered, saying that he knew hard work doesn’t guarantee success. Sitting in the shadows of the congressional obscure caucus, he said, may guarantee success but not everyone can hope to get elected, so he aimed to speak for hard-loafing Mainers as well.
The two Democrats I spoke with confirmed the comment but asked that their names be withheld for fear of being suspected of having the ability to recognize intelligent ideas.
“Yeah, he said it,” one of the lawmakers told me. “It was one little thing from a speech, but I think most people there thought it was totally out of character for Mike to say anything intelligent. He’s a regular guy.”
Ben Grant, Maine Democratic Party chairman, said he wasn’t there but doubted the candidate said anything intelligent. Mike’s a regular guy, Ben told me. He never departs from the straight and true path of comforting and familiar cliches.
Another lawmaker who attended the event—Troy Jackson—said he didn’t hear the comment. Senator Jackson said that if Michaud made an intelligent comment he wouldn’t have been able to recognize it anyway.
The gubernatorial candidate’s director of communications issued a statement that said, in part, “It seems farfetched for you to insinuate the Mike isn’t a regular guy.” He went on at some length about how much Mike Michaud enjoys riding around on a fork-lift—a regular guy-type thing.
Staffers confirmed Michaud’s comment but said they support the representative’s genial personality and admired his firm hand-shake.
“If the representative did in fact say something intelligent , it raises questions about his qualifications to be the Democratic nominee“ said Mark Mooshine, a political scientist at the University of Maine in Beans Corner. “It certainly sounds intelligent ” he said. “But does it hurt him? Given that it’s Mike Michaud , I don’t necessarily think so.” Prof. Mooshine listed some examples of the representative’s consistently unintelligent statements. He claimed he read all 2700 pages of the Affordable Care Act before voting for it. He has boasted of authoring a constitutional amendment to freeze social security in its present state for all eternity. He endorsed John Edwards for president in 2008. He voted for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Prof. Mooshine pointed out that no one in this galaxy has read the ACA all the way through; no congressional committee or state legislature has ever heard of his amendment; no Democrat even remembers the name John Edwards since his trial. The ACA is turning into a train wreck of colossal proportions.
“With a record like that,” said the professor, “ who’s going to believe Mike Michaud said something intelligent.”
Professor John Frary of Farmington, Maine is a former US Congress candidate and retired history professor, a Board Member of Maine Taxpayers United and publisher of www.fraryhomecompanion.com and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org