Rowland on "Huckabee"

They sure do like him, don’t they? It’s a fascinating, friendly interview… and here we see John Rowland presenting himself as a changed man who learned his lesson.

I find it hard to convince myself that it’s genuine. He still seems a bit irked with the media, for one. It’s also only been four years. Can people really change so much, so quickly? I wonder. But maybe I’m just cynical.

Mike Huckabee is a natural TV host, isn’t he? The live audience is a smart touch. It strikes me as more “Oprah,” than “O’Reilly Factor,” and I can easily see him drawing a large audience. (h/t to Ichabod Crane)


13 responses to “Rowland on "Huckabee"

  1. AndersonScooper

    wow, I need a transcript of this…

  2. >>But maybe I’m just cynical


    Heck I never went to jail and I hate the MSM and question the sanity of anyone who doesn’t.

  3. Any bets that Rowland gets a pardon?

  4. He seems to be the only one whose making any sense at all. The rest of them…
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Liberal heartthrob Ned Lamont, the Greenwich millionaire who, hand in hand with agents of Lowell Weicker, tried and failed to off Sen. Joe Lieberman, has written in The Hartford Courant a “Recovery” opinion that contains the following sentiment: “But every state is lining up to sit on the lap of the federal Santa Claus and say whether they’ve been naughty or nice. So, Connecticut better be prepared to explain how our projects can put people to work in year one, how they make us more competitive in the long term, and how we can pay our share of the cost.” The subliminal message of Lamont’s lucubration is: “We’re broke, let’s spend money in the expectation of a gift from Santa.” Jodi Rell sat on Santa’s lap during this year’s governor’s conference and found it cushy. The occasion was celebrated in a Courant editorial: “Mr. Obama singled out Republican governors, whose number includes Mrs. Rell, in extending ‘the hand of friendship’ on Tuesday. His Lincolnesque mercy is noble but also practical: To punish his political enemies would wound his friends as well. Connecticut’s governor may be Republican, but this state went solidly blue in November’s presidential election.” In a new, book Courant columnist Susan Campbell continues to re-invent fundamentalism, though the ritualistic denunciations of the creed – too anti-feminist, too ridgid, too unbelievably silly – do not carry the oomph of a Christopher Hitchens blast. Hitchens is the atheist who wrote a book on Mother Teresa called “The Missionary Position,” though the fiery atheist preacher warmed to her at last when he discovered that, passing through a dark night of the soul, she had serious doubts about her faith. The French are being French again. President of France Nicholas Sarkozy, a gigantic personality in a diminutive body and said by some to be suffering from a Napoleonic complex, first ordered his energy czar to analyze the usefulness of pollution free electric cars and then – when the report did not affirm environmental prejudices – yanked it from publication. Rod Blagojevich (pronounced Rod), the erstwhile governor of Chicago – not, as some people suppose the most corrupt state in the union – continues to suffer from the opposite of media neglect. The governor – He could have been the Serbian Obama – has multiple problems. A prosecutor is breathing down his neck; friendly relations with the Obama camp appear to have suffered a reversal; and a perhaps prejudicial press has put him into an enclosure that the French (see Sarkozy above) used to call “the little ease,” a cell exquisitely fashioned in such a way that the occupant can neither stand nor sit nor lay down. Blagojevich (pronounced Rod), it is said by prosecutor Fitzgerald, was in the process of auctioning off President elect Barack Obama vacant seat in the US senate in return for the usual favors when his designs were interrupted by Fitzgerald, who had caught the governor in a recording that he generously shared with the media. The governor is now being called upon to resign, but here is a hitch. He does not wish to resign. What to do? He can be impeached, but that takes awhile, and it is feared the governor, in the meanwhile, may possibly hire the now esteemed professor and flag stomper Bill Ayres to blow up some buildings and off the pigs who are tormenting him. This seems a little hysterical. Possibly the anti-Blagojevich (pronounced Rod) forces are concerned that the governor may make a judicious choice in his appointment for President elect Obama’s seat and so bring to naught the charges against him. We do not pretend familiarity with the Byzantine ways of Chicago politics, but insist, along with Lamont, that Santa Claus is not implicated in the treachery.

  5. Like Bill Ayers, Rowland must be “rehabilitated”!

  6. So obvious – still slithering, still arrogant, still ‘peddling’, still oozing hubris. That core he is talking about is really rotten, in his case. You hear it in the tone, the solicitous sales-gab, the focus on corporate CEO-talk, so slippery, so for sale.

    He can’t help himself. False humility. Just waiting for a new opportunity, outside the fetid realm of the Brass City, to get over, to get back on that oligarchy track.

    People of CT – never let this brazen jerk back in your good graces. He stands for nothing – all-about-ME dot com, indeed. Sitting in stir just taught him how to play folks some more…

  7. [quote comment=”39264″]wow, I need a transcript of this…[/quote]

    Absolutely — and it should be required reading for any young politician.

  8. Rowland claims he didn’t have a good moral compass? Can he get a tuition refund on the money spent for attending a leading Catholic high school (Holy Cross in Waterbury) and a leading Catholic University (Villanova)? He didn’t listen to a bit of what he was told in any of his religion classes.

    He said it was important to repent. So why do I feel like he hasn’t apologized and been appropriately contrite? I don’t want to see him flogging himself with barbed wire, but a public return of the services he stole from the taxpayers would be a start.

    Rowland also implies that unless you believe in God, you are not fit to hold office. He talks about Rick Warren and finding the “core” of people in leadership roles. They have to believe in something bigger than themselves, Rowland claims.

    Tartuffe, anyone?

  9. The repentant sinner, if you believe in such antique notion, is not the person who has never tasted sin. He is the person who sins, sometimes often, and repents of it. Augustine was such. It would be better for Rowland’s confessor to prescribe some sort of cleaning penance. Journalists – Krayeske claims to be one – are not always experts in such matters. All we know for certain is that Rowland sounds as if he has repented; maybe yes, maybe no. God, his confessor and perhaps his wife will know. I’ve listened to this YouTube slice a couple of times and to me he seems sincere; but sincerity is in the eye of the beholder, and Krayeske appears to be a rather severe judge – not more severe, one hopes, than God. As for hypocrisy, perhaps Krayeske may be familiar with the old saying that “hypocrisy is the compliment vice pays to virtue” – which means that the hypocrite is not a total reprobate: The hypocrite knows the way of virtue but does not follow it. It is not the worse thing one man can call another. The hypocrite is not a moral idiot. Rowland understands the depth of his humiliation better than Krayeske, and it shows.

  10. Rowland has those who love him dearly and those who despise him intensely. And neither side is going to move much, based on what they observe through talk show interviews or books.

    But among those people who can fairly and dispationately assess his place in Connecticut’s history today, there is much to admire.

    UConn 2000. Support for the arts. Numerous urban renewal programs. Open space purchases throughout the state. His grace and leadership at the scene of the masacre at the state’s lottery headquarters. The list is significant, compelling, and indisputable.

    And in many cases their positive effects will be felt for years.

    He went from the Governor’s residence to a federal penitentiary, practically overnight. Despite efforts by the likes of Bill Curry to assign to Rowland responsibility for further misdeeds for which he was not charged — let alone convicted — I am more than satisfied that his contributions to our state far exceeded any injury he inflicted.

    Meanwhile, earlier this year he experienced another tragic event when his stepson died through tragic circumstances. And he worries daily about his son from his first marriage who is today serving in Iraq as a marine.

    Rowland is trying to find his way back to a roll in society where he can earn a living the way any of us would if we were in his shoes. Those efforts often involve attending small gatherings at public service agencies and charitable events where he speaks about the important role of public service.

    When he speaks publicly he says that he made mistakes during his governorship and takes responsibility for them.

    Look — it’s a complicated story, I grant you. And it’s characterized by extraordinary talent sadly and needlessly laid to waste. But on balance, he’s deserving of some forgiveness and a measure of gratitude for the many lives he helped improve when he was our Governor.

  11. Ah yes, more wisdom from the well known” journalist” ken I-refuse-to-use-upper-case-letters-because-I-think-I’m-e-e-cummings-reincarnated krayeske.

    [quote]…. that unless you believe in God, you are not fit to hold office.[/quote]

    There’s a lot of that going around.
    Personally I don’t much care either way, but I’m not interested in constantly attacking the heartfelt core beliefs of what probably is a majority of Americans; and fail to see what useful purpose such attacks might have.

    Congressman Rowland was an absolutely fine guy.
    Responsive, kind to a fault and he worked his tail off to boot.
    No ego problem either.

    By 1990 it was “his turn” to run for Governor but as you might recall we had put Weicker back in the job market 2 years earlier which had seemed like a good idea at the time.

    By 1994 Rowland had enjoyed a few strong years financially and was showing some signs of arrogance.
    He became demanding of others on the GOP ticket, including some that in their districts ran ahead of him. (People he should have been cultivating, not annoying.)

    It wasn’t long before he forgot who his friends were, or who brought him to the dance in the first place.

    He had cast the die himself.

    The John Rowland of 2008 sounds exactly like the John Rowland I knew and respected 18 – 24 years ago – it’s clear to me that the experience put him back on track and I wish him well.

    His faith is not mine nor anyone else’s to judge.

    However, I prefer to associate with those I consider better than myself in that area (not only Christians either, but people of deep faith that are observant to the tenants of their religion) and thus know a lot of pretty religious folks that walk the walk a lot better than I do.

    I’ve seen Rowland blow smoke and I’ve seen John Rowland when I knew he was sincere.

    John Rowland’s walking the walk.

  12. [quote post=”2422″]Journalists – Krayeske claims to be one [/quote]

    Ken Dixon of the Connecticut Post doesn’t seem to agree:

    Krayeske, whose resume reads like the table of contents for “A Slacker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” is no journalist.

  13. Yet the state media accepts Chris Dodd’s shenanigans.

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