OK, first a warning: this will be something of a rant. I’m finally getting it all off my chest just so I don’t have to carry it any more.

And apologies to friends who aren’t in the US, because it’s most definitely an American thing

[though I do reserve the right to be informed it happens elsewhere]

OK. You’ve got fair warning.

Right now, in America:

  • Barack Obama is President
  • John Boehner is Speaker of the House
  • Deval Patrick is Governor of Massachusetts

We know this, right? It’s fact.

So, if I see Bill Clinton getting introduced anywhere as President Bill Clinton

[or even Mr President]

or New Gingrich getting introduced anywhere as Speaker Gingrich, or Mitt Romney being addressed as Mr Governor, any longer I will quite literally go thermonuclear.

Bill Clinton is an ex-president.

Newt Gingrich is the former speaker of the house.

Mitt Romney has not been Governor of MA since January 4, 2007.

[about the same time that Rick Santorum left the US Senate]

Or, in other words…


None of them have/had lifetime appointments.

I don’t know what it is that the media have to cling to titles – it’s certainly an aspect of American society, where the first question asked of anyone is “Oh, hi <insert name here> and what do you do?”

But in professional politics

[and let’s not pretend that anything in the state or national arena is anything other than professional politics, it definitely isn’t service]

every day sees implicit encouragement of the use of the last most senior title for candidates who are no longer employed in that job.

It’s laughable.

As a former/ex-recruiter

[see what I did there?]

it’s as laughable as an unemployed candidate coming to interview and demanding to be called by their last job title.


So say it with me: “Hey! Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, and every other talking head who has the temerity to suggest they have credibility to inform my political consideration – label these people for what they are: professional politicians.”

[or has-beens, or quitters, or shirkers, or usurpers, or interlopers… the list is endless]

End rant.

There, and I even kept my language clean.


Former-paperboy Vince Tuckwood