From a website (DownWithAbsolutes) that is so cool it starts with a quote from Tom Waits (“I offer champagne to real friends, but real pain to sham friends.”), we get the news that Jack Markell (D), three-time State Treasurer (click here for his website), has thrown his hat in the ring in the race to become governor.
Jack would be dumb not to run. I mean this guy won the 2002 Treasurer’s race with more than 66% of the vote. In the most recent race (2006) he received 70.5% of the vote.
So why bring all this up? Ha-ha, you have a mind like a trap! Well, near the top of his list of accomplishments on the www.markell.org site is–you got it!–that Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition recognized his effort to institute state-of-the-art bulk purchasing policies for Delaware’s state government, saving taxpayers more than $25 million.
No doubt that is the reason for his going from 66% to 70.5% of the vote.
Anyways, I have decided, after seeing the DownWithAbsolutes site that I want my own quote from Tom Waits on our home page. Remember Tom from days back (mid-1970s, Fernwood2Nite with Martin Mull and Fred Willard) when he quipped, “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”? That’s the right quote, and you can see it, along with his performance of “The Piano Has Been Drinking” right here. And if you get an appetite for more Tom W quotes, click here.
Showing, though I am sure not acting, my age. But, look, there is real joy in the song…