Impeach the Supreme Court?
I heard the name of Michael Dukakis, the three-time governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic candidate for president, only once during the endless debates for this year’s Republican nomination. Mitt Romney, another former Massachusetts governor, was bragging about how many jobs he had brought to the state. Texas Gov. Rick Perry ran out of patience and said, “Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt.”At 78, Dukakis is a college professor, dividing his time between Northeastern University and UCLA, where for the last 17 years he has been a professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is a great teacher, my students at the University of Southern California tell me. He still has plenty to say, and now he is an ex-politician free to say whatever he really thinks.He appears regularly on the “Patt Morrison Show,” a public radio talk show hosted by a Los Angeles Times columnist on KPCC that may be the best in the country.His latest appearance was last Tuesday. He was smart — there was never any doubt about that — well-informed, provocative. He was even funny, never his strong point.Here is a sampling:Patt asked: “How has presidential campaigning changed since you ran?”Dukakis: “I don’t think it’s changed that much. It’s obviously combative, but as any student of American history knows, we’ve had hand-to-hand combat in American politics since the beginning of the republic; in fact, it was a lot tougher back then, in some ways … [C]ampaigning day after day is not new. What is different is spending a lot of time on airplanes. But if you don’t like campaigning, you shouldn’t be running for office. And you cannot be in lousy shape and run for the presidency.“The Secret Service … I found that rather difficult. I held off as long as I could because I didn’t want to be walled off, but their job is to make sure nobody does any harm to you. They’re very professional. Yes, you could [still work] the rope line, but the easy spontaneity I could enjoy as governor just went out the window.”
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