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15 August 2008

Quote of the Day: the Glenn Richardson edition

"Because you think it, you don’t necessarily have to say it."

-Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson as quoted in the Insider Advantage Georgia article ""Packed Fundraiser Brings Out Business, Political Elite For Richardson".

Glenn Richardson's "confession" brings to mind a line from the 2003 movie "Head of State" starring Chris Rock and Bernie Mac:

"Contrary to popular belief, politics is no place to express yourself."

Most people involved in politics understand that very simple caveat. In politics, you don't say what you think, you say what you think the people want to hear.

Politics is, essentially, offending the least amount people needed to get yourself a win on election day, which is why you will almost never hear a politician "express themselves" on the record.