Q. What made you write a fictional satire about US politics?
A. I can’t imagine not writing a satire about politics. The things that politicians do are hilarious for the most part. People say if it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny. Well, it’s both sad and funny. I don’t think I could read, much less write a dry political book. And yet, by being funny, my book is probably more serious than most serious political books.
Q. Whenever I look at our current crop of fearless leaders, I shake my head in dismay. Is it just me or did the quality of people running for office has been going downhill? If so, why do you think that is?
A. It certainly seems like it at times, though when you think about the stamina it must take on the campaign trail, you have to give those gluttons for punishment some credit. I don’t know if anyone has really ever figured out what type of person would make the best President or congressperson. After the Super Bowl commercial in which Clint Eastwood gave a halftime speech to the country, maybe we need an actor again instead of electing professional politicians.
I think what bothers me most about most politicians is how they pander to the people they think comprise their base. Then what bothers me even more is how their base eats up whatever they say. If you’re not in their base, you look at the politician and you look at the people eating up what the politician says and you just have to shake your head. No matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on, it’s nauseating. Give me someone who can speak honestly. Unfortunately, that person will probably never be elected or if they are, the system will cause them to compromise in order to accomplish much of anything and after they compromise, people feel betrayed and want to replace them.
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