In the matter of Veerkamp versus Barb

By From page A5 | October 03, 2012


In the matter of Veerkamp versus Barb, I do not have a dog in this fight, so I don’t particularly care who wins: both men come from the right and I disagree with both of them. Barb seems more beholden to the Tea Party than Veerkamp.

What is bothersome about Barb is not his political philosophy (what could I expect in EDC?), but his lack of manners, his chutzpah, his incredible gall to show up at events to which he is not invited, or wanted. The local Democratic Party opened its headquarters on Main Street a few evenings ago. This was an affair for Democrats only and Jack Uppal, McClintock’s opponent, was the featured speaker.

Yet, who showed up at the door: Mr. Barb. Not content with showing up uninvited, he asked the evening’s master of ceremonies to “say a few words” to the assembled Democrats. We’re a civilized group, so we let Barb say his piece, although many of us wondered what reception would have awaited Jack Uppal had he done the same thing at a Tea Party, or GOP, private affair.

Veerkamp is urbane, smart and obviously has manners. It looks like an easy choice for voters.


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