Dear Mr. John Peschong: I’ve never read Saul Alinsky, but I have listened to Bob Dylan, who sang, “You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
I recall your protégé Lynn Compton speaking at the first candidate debate saying something to the effect of, “I don’t believe the supervisor position is nonpartisan. I’m a Republican, and I expect to be elected by Republicans.”
It’s insulting to read your commentary (“Abandon ridicule and discuss issues,” May 31) as you try to wiggle around polishing Lynn Compton as compromising.
Her predetermined mindset is simply a reflection of her far-right politics. If denial of the will of the people in support of a political ideology makes her appear as San Luis Obispo County’s “Sarah Palin,” then so be it. She deserves criticism for taking a nonpartisan supervisory seat and looking foolish being an ideologue.
Moreover, if the belief of vetting an issue means starting from the far right and then moving slightly to the center is “common ground,” then you’ve been taking too much liberty from the Karl Rove playbook.
There’s something wrong when a constituent knows how a supervisor is going to vote even before the matter is brought to debate.