Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Governor By Any Other Name

George Will doesn't praise Democrats often but he seems to like Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who grew up in Wynnwood, Pa. but went West to seek his fortune.

He found it in beer.

I knew John growing up. We lived in the same neighborhood and played sports together. Though he was two years older, we played on the same Pony League baseball team - The Wynnewood Warriors. My father was an assistant coach.

When my dad passed away this summer John sent me a nice note. They had reconnected in Denver some years ago, when my father became editor of the Denver Post. John had just opened his first of many brew pubs, then got into politics. Eventually, he ran for and became Denver's mayor. Then Colorado's governor.

It is interesting that Will recently wrote about New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie. Where Christie is combative and confrontational, Hickenlooper is friendly and disarming. Will finds both governors good fits for the states they govern at this moment in history.

He is, as usual, I think, quite right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post, Spencerblog... If one takes the time to read the links and reflect on them, the concluding thought is that we should have a Hickenlooper/Christie ticket or, perhaps a Christie/Hickenlooper ticket. Either one would work well. These guys get it and they are willing to tell it like it is and, more important, like it needs to be... Quite a refreshing contrast to what would be the opposing ticket of Obama/Biden in 2012. The former tells it like he thinks it should be based on his formative years as a community organizer and the latter (he of "Stand Up Chuck-fame")---well, he just tells it whether it makes sense or not...

September 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM 

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