, Newburyport, MA


January 3, 2013

Some resolutions for politicians


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should resolve to keep being snarky to anyone who questions his motives, his weight, his conservative credentials or his handshakes with Obama. It seems to work for him.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should stop being coy and statesmanlike and admit: Yes, I should be the next president. I couldn’t possibly be worse than my brother. Besides, what’s not to like about another Clinton-Bush race?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should continue to knock John Boehner as a cog in the wheel: Yes, I’m the only one who can make a deal with his colleagues. (I’m also the only Mormon in a top leadership role these days now that what’s-his-name who didn’t even want to be president is gone.)

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who may run for John Kerry’s Senate seat after losing to long-shot Elizabeth Warren in a race that cost a total of $85 million, should resolve to stop goading her about not having enough Native American blood.

Departed CIA director and four-star Gen. David Petraeus, considering a number of book proposals, should resolve to participate in no more biographies that turn into career-busters. And not even think of running for president.

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory, in hot water for airing a high-capacity magazine the possession of which is against the law in the District of Columbia where the weekly political show is filmed, should resolve to stick to questions and forget props.


Scripps Howard columnist Ann McFeatters has covered the White House and national politics since 1986.

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