15 September 2005

Grading "D" Governor

This won't take long...

In a recent poll by a leading local newspaper (more cork than missive; topic for another day), Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá was given a grade of "D" or "F" by a substantial number of those surveyed. In fact, his "grade" was the lowest of any governor in the survey's history (not in all of history as the "cork" implied irresponsibly. Puerto Rico has had almost 500 years' worth of governors and some of them were so hated they feared for their lives. Suggestion to the cork: learn about Our history.)

The Jenius has some words of advice to D-guv: This is as good as it's gonna get.

---The oil situation may get better, but prices will stay high because there is no incentive to throw away increased profits. You will be blamed for this, even though it's not your fault.

---The current deadlock between the legislative Fools and your executive Nebbishness will not change. They don't want to change it and you can't. You will be blamed for this and it will be partially your fault.

---Your cabinet (The Jenius means your selected department heads; no capital letters here until you/they earn them) will begin dropping out like leaves in autumn. They won't have a choice, as sending their careers into the toilet is not something they want to join you in. You will be blamed for this and you will be largely to blame.

---In each subsequent survey, you will be excoriated for the stasis Puerto Rico suffers, for its lack of leadership, solutions and vision. You are obviously (thankfully) not the only person We depend upon for leadership, but you are certainly the most visible. That you have failed and will continue to do so is entirely your fault. And We will tell you so. Repeatedly. (And if We had any electoral brains, We'd aim to get rid of The Fools in the legislative twig as well.)

However, the world may change. A miracle--or tragedy--may occur that could thrust you into a new position. Pray for that, guvvy, pray for the miracle or pray for the strength to rise above the tragedy. Because it will be the only thing that could change your term from a "D", or an "F" (could We go farther down the alphabet? Please?), to a "C". At this point, "average" is the best you can hope for.

The Jenius Has Spoken.

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