Being for the Benefit of Mr. Pigeon

3 May

The truth, they say, is subjective. One can promise to tell what they think to be the truth, but seldom is there only one, correct version of any story of any event.

Now watch this:

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I’m so used to being insulted by this person’s surrogates that it’s fascinating to watch the words come directly from his mouth. G. Steve Pigeon defends himself and takes a swipe at yours truly:

…whatever the bald guy is who likes calling people names and is just a rude and unsuccessful, jealous politician himself who ran for office and was completely, um, uh, no one would elect him to be a dog-catcher, you know he loves to call other people names.

Generally, it would be a privilege to be insulted by Pedro Espada’s patronage hire. Certainly I dish it out, and definitely I can take it. But Mr. Pigeon, you have it all wrong, sir.

Just like the “truth” isn’t defined by how you rebut what Sam Hoyt or Dennis Ward say, my life isn’t defined by any of the personal insults you hurl at me. On the other hand, when I call you a tinpot Machiavelli or a douche, these are categorically and objectively true tidbits of information. When we point out that some recent “reforms” you’ve championed have actually cost the taxpayers more, I am writing things that are objectively true and verifiable.

But back to the insults.

I won’t say never, because I’ve probably slipped here and there, but I cannot recall a single instance where I’ve ever attacked or criticized a political figure for their personal appearance. Not even Domagalski. In Steve Pigeon’s case, I can say I have never launched an attack on his person. This is because I don’t give a shit what he looks like – he could look like Adonis and still be a detestable political figure.

Like most adults, I’m concerned with merit (or lack thereof) – not a politician’s body habitus or characteristics. My distaste for Steve Pigeon stems from his actions – not his looks, so it’s quite telling that the first thing he goes for is to call me “bald”. There is no seriousness there, no substance there, no merit there – just a schoolyard bully who grew up to be an asshole of a political albatross. Unsubstantive, meritless non-seriousness is also how he conducts his politics.

Now, certainly I may be rude, as Mr. Pigeon suggests, especially towards political figures who have little or no objective merit as such. He is correct that I was an unsuccessful politician. Dreadfully so, in fact. So? I tried. I made Mike Ranzenhofer think and defend what amounted to an 18-year record of failure, stasis, and hypocrisy. I didn’t have the money, time, or resources to do it right, but I gave it a shot. But it’s also true that I have no aspirations to political office. So, no – I’m not “jealous” of anyone – especially not MIke Ranzenhofer or his successor, Ray Walter, and my failure as a politician is that, only.

And what would you say I’m jealous of? I’m jealous of people pulling down less than $50 large per year to keep Chris Collins in check and administer only 10% of the budget of the political unit for which they legislate? Maybe that’s how his mind works.

Dog-catcher? I would hope that no one would elect me dog-catcher, mostly because (1) I don’t like dogs; and (2) I am not qualified to be dog-catcher.

Just like Hormoz Mansouri and Jack O’Donnell aren’t qualified to help run the water authority.

So, I’d love the opportunity to interview Pigeon someday and invite him to make these charges to my face and we can have a back-and-forth about what really matters – not my hairline, but stuff like, for instance, “reforms” in the State Senate notwithstanding, we still have a three-men-in-a-room troika dictatorship. I’d like to hear Mr. Pigeon explain why he thinks we need a State Senate at all, if the aim is good government rather than personal political power. I’d like him to defend the growth of the Erie County legislative staff in the name of so-called “reform”.

I don’t care if Pigeon likes what I write about him or his political allies. What matters is that he – and they – read it and thinks it important and influential enough to discuss, and comment on so hatefully.

9 Responses to “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Pigeon”

  1. AL May 3, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Hey Pundit – I though the correct term was follically challenged. Guess we can add politically incorrect to the list of Pigeon failings.

  2. Larry Lenihan May 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Could have been worse.
    You could have been described as a “short, stocky, slow-witted, bald man.”

  3. tim May 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Love it Alan. It doesn’t bother you, so you write 1,000 words on it. Just like the 6 follow up columns during the criticism you got for your ridiculous Massa writings. You might be the most thin skinned blogger I’ve ever read. You’re nothing more than a keyboard warrior. When you come out of hiding in your study you get destroyed in the public arena

  4. Starbuck May 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    I cannot recall a single instance where I’ve ever attacked or criticized a political figure for their personal appearance.

    I don’t recall seeing you ever do that either, unlike your two main colleagues there. Odien’s been recently calling the guy running for Volker’s seat “Fatty”. I recall Geek insulting a local TV reporter’s physical appearance in a reply to a comment she wrote here some time ago. That stuck in my mind because although it wasn’t vicious, it just seemed so rude and pointless.

    You three all often blog using uncivil and hateful language about people with whom you politically disagree, but from what I’ve noticed, you (Pundit) at least avoid attacks on people’s personal appearance.

    • Marc Odien May 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      You’re right Starbuck, How insensitive of me. From now on, I hereby declare that he will forever be nicknamed “Mr. McButterpants”

      • Starbuck May 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

        President Civility would be proud of you for making that adjustment.

  5. Pauldub May 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Got an investigation on his back and he bitches about the bald guy?

  6. Alan Bedenko May 4, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I see that “Tim”‘s comment is somewhat jumbled in this browser, but I wanted to extend an offer for him to repeat his accusation to my face, on camera. 

    BTW – responding to someone’s insults isn’t being thin-skinned.  It’s normal human behavior. 

  7. Max May 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    Both revealing and revolting. He never steps out of the illusory bubble he inhabits and his offhand dismissals for his acts – and they’re just the ones we know about – are hideous. He embodies the profile of the self-serving political hack.

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