A couple of years ago, Karen Kwiatkowski was out campaigning at the Rockingham County Fair. I had been acquainted with her and considered her to be a friend, so of course when my family and I spotted her, we all stopped to talk a bit.
As I was speaking to her, a bureaucratocade (motorcade) drove into the exhibition area we were in. The kids were fascinated.
I watched them come in, inwardly chuckling at the arrogance of the elites.
But then the two lead motorcycles with two very over-sized cops turned straight towards my children. I was expecting them to hard right
behind the pavilion, but then they cut diagonally across the grass without
really slowing down. I grabbed my child and pulled him behind me, as
we were out of room behind us; we could not back up any further. The elitists of the state missed me and my 5-year-old old by inches. I was backed all the way up and holding him behind and beside me.
Couldn't have the governor walking more than a few feet to the big top, now, could we?
It was Bob McDonnell, the state's top Republican.
Besides the kingly driving, I was flabbergasted by the waste of it all. There were at least twenty cops around the pavilion, and the motorcade disgorged a half-dozen more on motorcycles with disco lights flashing and a few more the big ol' full-size SUV the Guv was riding in. There were maybe fifty people milling about to meet elected officials, including McDonnell.
You'd think Republicans supposedly interested in smaller government would order the police escort to go fight crime instead of showboating the self-importance of the political class -- and drive himself to the Fair himself in a second-hand, gas-sipping, 41 mpg city Ford Fusion hybrid.
Or maybe even an old, paid-for 1990 Ford Escort or Chevy Cavalier.