Howard Coffin is an eminent historian, a learned scholar, and a real Vermont treasure.
And he said something really stupid.
The subject was Peter Galbraith’s bid for governor. Coffin was commenting on Galbraith’s, shall we say, checkered record as a state senator. (Everybody hated him, to put it briefly.)
“I’m not sure that he was put on earth to be a legislator,” Coffin says. “I think he was put on earth to be a leader.”
Yyyyyyyeah. Just like Marco Rubio can’t stand being a U.S. Senator, so let’s make him President.
Here’s the thing. Being a “leader” involves a hell of a lot of negotiating, compromising, dealing with other folks — and particularly trying to make friends and influence people in the frickin’ Legislature.
Peter Galbraith was a heavy-handed, arrogant lawmaker who offended a lot of people and frequently roadblocked the Senate for the sake of some principle detectable only to himself. Those traits are going to be just as unfortunate in a governor — but they’ll be even more impactful. And not in a good way.
Now, if you’re talking about “being a leader” in the Donald Trump sense, then Coffin is dead on. Otherwise, no.
Enough about that. Let’s move on to Galbraith’s candidacy itself.