“Who Asked For This?” Part Umpty-Billion-And-One

Ever since it became clear that Lt. Gov. Phil Scott would seek the governorship, jut about every member of the State Senate has floated the notion of a run for the Lite-Govship. Now, a solid four weeks too early for April Fools, comes the tattered chapeau of John Rodgers, successor to Peter Galbraith as the Senate’s top renewables scold.

The news comes to us courtesy of the Vermont Press Bureau’s Josh O’Gorman Neal Goswami, and his story is laced with nuggets of unintentional comedy.

First, although Rodgers wants it known that he is available, he leaves open multiple lines of retreat: “considering it”, “still on the fence”, “sort of been interested for some time.”

There’s a bumpersticker if ever I saw one. “JOHN RODGERS for Lieutenant Governor: ‘Sort Of Interested'”

His caution is in line with the established pattern of senatorial Lite-Gov dalliances. One after another, they’ve put their names out there to resounding silence from The People, and then thought better of taking on a campaign that might involve, y’know, actual work and stuff.

Rodgers’ interest is inspired by, well, by his overweening self-regard, but also by the alleged liberalism of the current Democratic field: Prog/Dem David Zuckerman, Big City Democrat Kesha Ram, and that guy from Brattleboro named after “Number One” on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Rodgers posits himself as a moderate, which is what us liberals call a DINO. He proves our point by citing the current Republican Lite-Guv as his model and inspiration.

“What I worry about is someone getting into that position that over politicizes it. I think being a moderate I can do a similar job to the serving lieutenant governor.”

He slams “people on the left and right” who “try to divide people” without sensing the irony. He’s the anti-renewable point man, doing his best to capitalize on an extremely divisive cause. Indeed, one of his goals as Lite-Guv would be to advance legislation that would make it substantially more difficult to build renewable energy projects. That’ll endear him to the Democratic primary electorate.

Rodgers worries about raising enough money to mount a solid campaign, but he’s hopeful that the masses will arise once they realize he might be convinced to take on the tough task of banging the Senate gavel.

“I think that once people met me and heard my message that I could run a campaign sort of like how [Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] is running his national campaign and do it on small contributions from a lot of different Vermonters,” Rodgers said.

Yeah, John Rodgers and Bernie Sanders. Hard to tell those guys apart.

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