It is sometimes necessary for a politician to be a politician. Politics is about more than leading effectively, it's also about convincing your constituents that you are leading effectively. Part of this is not being caught up in every little issue that comes up. People ask about a lot of things that aren't relevant to what a politician is doing or could spark a fire storm, and consequently you have to dodge the answer. I've been thinking about this, so allow me to demonstrate some questions I would dodge if I was mayor:
- Have you ever had pre-marital sex?
- What's the most alcohol you have ever consumed in a day?
- Do republicans or democrats tend to be more racist?
- Do you think that some politicians fabricate their faith for election day?
- Do you think that homosexuals should be ordained ministers in your church?
Now, we get to Ravenstahl specifically. "I did a good job of not answering that, didn't I?"
That sounds like he enjoys dodging these questions and THAT is not good. The politicians that are good for their constituents are leaders first and politicians second. Sure they sometimes have to get a little sleezy and dodge a question, but they do it because they believe they can make their constituents' lives better. What scares me about Luke (and to a lesser extent Dowd) is that he appears to enjoy being a politician more then he enjoys being a leader.
At this point, I think you probably can tell I'm speaking about Bob Mayo and Luke Ravenstahl. However, before we get to that I want to drive home my point.