Remember back when I wondered about the wisdom of Tom Campbell's jump into the CA Senate race? Yeah, next time I should keep my mouth shut. He's ahead by a solid margin in two different polls. Obviously we have a way to go until the primary election, but Chuck DeVore and iCarly must be hating this news. What's most surprising though is the change in fortunes for DeVore. The common wisdom was that the socially liberal and fiscally conservative (though more flexible than many would like) Campbell would take his share of the electorate out of Fiorina's hide. After all, DeVore has been spending months trying to paint her as a typical Silicon Valley squishy Republican. And yet, Fiorina has lost 5-10% of her share of the vote to Campbell while DeVore has plummeted by 20%. This race may tighten as Carly starts to spend and voters begin to pay more attention, but for now it seems to be Tom Campbell's to lose.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.