By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – One of my favorite clichés is “the grass is always greener on the other side,” based on the notion that no matter how nice your lawn is, your neighbor’s lawn always looks better.

It’s true in lawns, in relationships, and it’s certainly true in politics.

Every so often, voters get tired with the status quo, usually not without good reason, and lunge for that shiny new object that just looks… greener.

And it almost never works out.

That’s how you get disasters like Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota or Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California.

I wouldn’t call Gov. Deval Patrick a disaster by any means, but his lack of political experience hurt him just as badly as it did Ventura and Schwarzenegger.

At the presidential level, it’s even riskier to take out your frustrations this way.

President Obama was a decent man who did some good things, but only sycophants would argue that his lack of legislative experience and skill didn’t hamper him and the Democratic Party.

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President Donald Trump. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

And now it’s the Republicans turn, as they reap the bitter harvest of bypassing multiple well-qualified candidates in favor of someone without a shred of what turns out to be relevant experience in managing people or getting legislation passed.

There’s a reason why some of the more successful presidents of modern times – Roosevelt, Reagan, Clinton – were all former governors.

And there’s good reason why we should always heed the wise advice of that great philosopher, Wicked Wilson Pickett – don’t let the green grass fool you.

Comments (3)
  1. Steve Bowler says:

    So was George W Bush a good president? I didn’t see him on your list. Most people said he was a great governor. And Texas is a large state.

  2. It seems premature, Jon, to pass judgement on Trump, just as it was premature for conservatives to pass judgement on Obama during is first eight months in office.

    As for Obama being a decent man? I would agree. But being “decent” doesn’t equate to being effective or even competent.

    And, given the divisions that were exacerbated during Obama’s self-proclaimed “post partisan” presidency and the state of the world and the United States international relations when Obama left office, only sycophants and liberal apostles would believe that he was effective in preserving the interests of the United States and protecting us from our enemies.

    1. p.s. My lawn doesn’t always look greener than my neighbors during the wetter months of the year, but it does during the hot and dry summer months…WITHOUT WATERING…because of the way I treat it. Abusing the grass when it is already struggling doesn’t make for a green lawn.

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