Cognitive dissonance

Sometimes,when you try to analyze politics, you have trouble.  Politics, governance, and—let’s face it—voters aren’t always logical.  So let’s consider the following, and maybe you can explain it.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced not only his endorsement of Gov. Rick “I Execute theInnocent” Perry, but his lack of interest in being vice president after having visibly salivated over the job since before he was even elected; and he is planning two big fund-raisers for his 2014 campaign, which, you may have noticed, comes after the 2012 election, which we have yet to have.

So, which Democrats plan to challenge him? Secretary of State Ross Miller professed more interest in the attorney general’s office, telling the Las Vegas Sun, “He has done a very good job as governor thus far.”

Yes, because the state budget was further gutted because mining companies just couldn’t pay more taxes, although Barrick, one of the state’s biggest companies, could afford to buy another mining company for $7.8 billion. That’s the kind of “good job” a Democrat normally doesn’t like. At least, that’s what one would think, logically.

Coming on the heels of state Treasurer Kate Marshall running for the House as a Democrat by disagreeing with Barack Obama at every opportunity, this should make Nevada Democrats wonder whether they still have a party. Granted, Republicans have been quiet—still no word on who, other than incumbent Joe Heck, plans to run for the House—but silence is better than making noises that hurt you more than they help you. At least, that’s what one would think, logically.

Speaking of a good job, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported that the three special masters who will design Nevada’s congressional and legislative districts have begun meeting. Who are they? Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover, a Republican who disclaims partisanship; former Legislative Counsel Bureau research director Robert Erickson, whose job required him to stay nonpartisan; and Las Vegas lawyer Thomas Sheets, a Democrat whose son calls him a “republicrat.”

So, we have a registered Republican, a Democrat who votes like a Republican, and someone who had to be nonpartisan but whose beliefs are otherwise unknown. Two of them reside in Carson City, where less than 3 percent of Nevadans live, and one in Clark County, where only 72 percent of Nevada’s population resides.

Naturally, Southern Nevadans are deeply offended that they have seven-tenths of the population, two-thirds of the Legislature, and one-third of the board that will decide their state and federal elected officials’ districts. They are equally offended that their two-thirds of the Legislature couldn’t come up with a redistricting plan that benefited their area, and could override a governor from Northern Nevada.  At least, that’s what one would think, logically.

So much for logic.

Michael Green is a professor of history at the College of Southern Nevada.

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