News You Know You’ve Lived in Seattle Too Long When…
posted by March 23 at 10:56 AMon
… you start thinking KC Executive Ron Sims is a great orator.
Look, I dig Sims these days. He used to be a safe centrist Clinton Democrat, and I really didn’t like the guy. But man, he’s changed it up. Lately, he’s an outspoken, cocky yet humble lefty leader.
However, at last week’s press conference in Olympia, when I found myself thinking, “Wow, Sims is such a good speaker” (this after I noticed how jealous Governor Gregoire looked when Sims took the mic and made everybody look stiff and canned), I had to remind myself of this column I wrote four years ago:
But the actual reason I can’t stand Sims and don’t want him to run for governor is this: I cannot bear the thought of listening to this guy’s hackneyed speeches from now until November 2004. And what drives me craziest is that Sims’ Toastmastersİ-style speechmaking is exactly what people seem to like about him.
My God, if Mr. Pseudo-Preacher is Seattle’s idea of a talented orator, it’s no wonder the quality of local politics is so underwhelming. Why do people fall for this guy’s artificial eloquence? (Then again, this is the same town that believes Mark Sidran is funny, just like Woody Allen.)