By now virtually everyone has not only heard about the Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) request made by The Bangor Daily News seeking to obtain information about holders of concealed weapons permits but has formed an opinion about it.
I have plenty to say about the foolishness of a news organization attempting to step out on that particular limb without a very clear, very detailed, very pre-emptive explanation of what it is doing and why.
Much more transparent than simply, quietly putting the reason on the filed request. The reaction that happened should have been expected.
There was a time when I treated a State of the Union address like a national holiday. I used to gather my friends together, host a watch party, get some pizza and excitedly hang on every word uttered by the president.
Slowly, though, the shine wore off, and the event became less a fun event and more of a chore. I still watch, but the speech can barely hold my attention any more.
I certainly do. This was a unique Maine politician who managed to somehow turn from one of the most popular political figures in the state when he was in the amoral swamp of Washington, D.C., into the most unpopular governor in recent Maine history.
When he entered Congress in 1994 amid the national conservative wave, he positioned himself as a common-sense moderate pragmatist, deeply rooted in the fabric of central Maine.
Last December, I took a look at what was then the future and made a series of predictions about the next 12 months. I have to say I didn’t do half bad.
Things I got right: President Barack Obama defeating Mitt Romney in Maine, same-sex marriage passing, the world not imploding once it did, Gov. Paul LePage having a better 2012 than 2011, the Republicans losing the House and my propensity for irritating people.
There is not a Democrat in the country, or in Maine, who isn’t smirking just a little bit right now.
On the heels of an election they believe vindicated not only their ideological agenda, but also their approach to government, the collective derision of the left is aimed squarely at a Republican Party, who they dismissively believe is unresponsive to the needs and wants of the voters.
Smug, and rather obnoxious. But not entirely wrong.