Teenagers have an interesting way of looking at things.
I've got a couple. One just finished high school, the other is a junior. The junior has had some difficult times, but is making a solid comeback, on the honor roll again after an 18 month or so absence.
As you might expect in a household where the majority of the income stems from politics, these two have a great deal of political awareness... more than most kids their age.
So, I was not terribly surprised when my daughter, in the midst of reviewing the bidding from last night's Herrera debacle (Otherwise known as the 3rd CD candidate forum) piped up and exclaimed, "That Herrera... she's a big, fat, liar!" (!6 year-olds do seem to have the ability to cut to the chase.)
I hadn't read the review from the TNT as yet, so I asked how it was that Herrera was a liar.
She replied, "Well, there's a part of this story... she says that she (Herrera) has a track record as a state lawmaker of reining in government spending... and that's a lie!"
"How 's that?" I asked.
"Well," she said, "Herrera helped the democrats strip out our last $200 million from the state emergency fund to help them spend our money. How is that 'reining in government spending?'"
That's my girl!
"It isn't," I explained. "Herrera has been worthless as a legislator, getting a grand total of one agreed bill into law. She's worked for the SEIU, cosponsoring and voting for a bill that would have required day care workers to unionize while forcing their business owners to pay their dues for them, and then lying about the nonexistent business support for the bill... all the while lying about it.... (Don't forget, unions gave her $5000 for her last run in 08) and, she's helped the democrats waste hundreds of millions of dollars. So, Herrera seems to be remarkably like Jon Russell: someone who will lie about anything, at any time, to get elected."