Crowdsourcing the Yoo Administration

Thanks for all who’ve weighed in on my hypothetical candidacy for Mayor of Oakland. I love the “a vote for me is a vote for Yoo” slogan.  And I’ve got a great symbol for the campaign: Vote 4 U. 

Now that all the hard work is done, and the leftover campaign funds from American Crossroads have poured into my personal checking account, let’s crowdsource a platform. 

Which cities in America are best governed?  What are the best conservative policies that have worked to turn around an American city? Giuliani’s fight to reduce crime by deploying beat officers and concentrating on high crime locations comes first to mind. Any others?

Also, while we’re agenda-setting, I’ll name my cabinet in advance — which I think candidates should do. Oakland city government will be like the Kennedy’s Camelot, where the best and brightest will flock to serve their nation:

Minister of Truth (formerly known as press secretary): Peter Robinson

Minister of Defense (formerly police commissioner): Victor Davis Hanson

Minister of Creative Destruction (formerly head of business licensing and inspection): Rob Long

Head of Water Board (res ipsa): James Lileks

Any other ideas for nominations?

  1. Rob Long
    C

    You know, John, I understand that you’re kidding — or you think you’re kidding; the rest of us are trying to figure out how to make this really happen — but the idea of having a “shadow government” is really what this is all about. We should have one for every city, state, and especially the federal government.We lost. We get it. But that doesn’t mean we can play Fantasy Goverment.Could be a great way to get our mission across….

  2. Southern Pessimist

    Minister of Education: Paul Rahe.

    Minister of Health and Human Services: George Savage with DocJay as his trusty sidekick.

    Minister of Faith and Family: Katievs. Who else?

  3. George Savage

    John, you simply must run for something at some point: ”A vote for me is a vote for Yoo” is just too perfect a formulation to waste.

    On the other hand, your singular talents might be wasted in elected office.  How about we draft you for the next Supreme Court opening–hopefully in 2017 or later?

  4. Guruforhire

    I would seriously reach out to drew carey and the reason foundation and try and capitalize on their work with cleveland.

  5. Frozen Chosen
    George Savage: John, you simply must run forsomething at some point: ”A vote for me is a vote for Yoo” is just too perfect a formulation to waste.

    On the other hand, your singular talents might be wasted in elected office.  How about we draft you for the next Supreme Court opening–hopefully in 2017 or later? · 10 minutes ago

    If Yoo changes to a liberal cross-dresser he’s got a shot.

  6. Matthew Gilley

    Quartermaster:  I nominate myself (I will save Oakland substantial sums by purchasing Hizzoner’s ammunition in South Carolina).

    Office of the Public Defender:  Richard Epstein

    Secretary of Transportation:  Dave Carter

  7. Pat in Obamaland

    Look, John, if you keep giving away all of these jobs you’re never going to make any money!

  8. wilber forge
    Rob Long: You know, John, I understand that you’re kidding — or you think you’re kidding; the rest of us are trying to figure out how to make this really happen — but the idea of having a “shadow government” is really what this is all about. We should have one for every city, state, and especially the federal government.We lost. We get it. But that doesn’t mean we can play Fantasy Goverment.Could be a great way to get our mission across…. · 25 minutes ago

    Seems Bill Whittle may do a role as Virtual President in a video series. The shadow President as it were, should prove interesting if it gets off the ground.

  9. Brasidas

    Calling Pseudodionysius.  The Yoo regime will need a Latin motto, too.  Any suggestions?

  10. Ryan M

    I would love to see a picture of you wearing a shirt that says “A vote for Me is a vote for Yoo.”

  11. Troy Senik, Ed.
    Brasidas: Calling Pseudodionysius.  The Yoo regime will need a Latin motto, too.  Any suggestions? · 2 minutes ago

    Caveat Emptor springs to mind ;)

  12. Horace Svácz

    Sit vis nobiscum. ( May the force be with you.)

    Cum catapulatae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt. (When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults.)

  13. flownover

    doble

  14. flownover

    to hell with oakland, do something meaningful and run in orinda,

    or ….maybe monte rio

    nitor in adversum

  15. Eeyore
    Matthew Gilley: Secretary of Transportation:  Dave Carter 

    Too narrow – waste of talent. Maybe a broader Director of Keeping the Gummint Out Of The Way Of Commerce.  

    But even though he may be a little older and grayer, below is still his core. So I would nominate Dave for Commissioner Of Taking No Guff From Smartypants Liberals:

    Just-Crazy-Enough_lightbox.jpg

  16. Brasidas

    Looking at that photo of Dave leads me to suggest that Ted Nugent be offered a post in the Yoo administration.

  17. Eeyore
    Brasidas: Looking at that photo of Dave leads me to suggest that Ted Nugent be offered a post in the Yoo administration. 

    Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

    Which is a convenience store. [I know, Ted doesn't drink or smoke...]

  18. outstripp

    Slogan: RU4U?

  19. outstripp

    In New Jersey, Yoo’s supporters could be called Yoo’s Guys.

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