Having praised one George Will column, I would like to take the opportunity to praise a second one; his encomium to Tom Campbell, a candidate who deserves Will’s praise, and deserves praise from a whole host of other quarters as well.
I have to like a University of Chicago alum, especially when said alum studied with the great and good Milton Friedman (may confusion reign amongst Friedman’s foes). As his educational credentials testify, Campbell is plenty smart enough for the job of Governor of California. His positions–as Will points out–are sensible, sober, and designed to bring some calm and stability to California politics after many years of unproductive upheaval.
The traditional sardonic joke to make in discussing the campaign and prospects of an especially worthy candidate for public office is to state that “[INSERT NAME OF CONSTITUENCY HERE] could do worse to nominate/elect [INSERT NAME OF CANDIDATE HERE]. And they probably will.” Tom Campbell deserves more hopeful and optimistic a commentary. So does California. Let’s hope they both get one by making “Governor Campbell” a reality.