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?

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  1. Profile photo of Rob Long Founder

    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….

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    • November 21, 2012 at 4:36 am
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    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
    • November 21, 2012 at 4:41 am
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    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
    • November 21, 2012 at 4:45 am
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    I would seriously reach out to drew carey and the reason foundation and try and capitalize on their work with cleveland.

    • #5
    • November 21, 2012 at 4:55 am
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    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
    • November 21, 2012 at 4:58 am
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    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
    • November 21, 2012 at 5:03 am
  7. Profile photo of Pat in Obamaland Inactive

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

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    • November 21, 2012 at 5:03 am
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    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
    • November 21, 2012 at 5:04 am
  9. Profile photo of Brasidas Inactive

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

    • #10
    • November 21, 2012 at 5:14 am
  10. Profile photo of RyanM Coolidge

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

    • #11
    • November 21, 2012 at 5:17 am
  11. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor
    Brasidas: Calling Pseudodionysius. The Yoo regime will need a Latin motto, too. Any suggestions? · 2 minutes ago

    Caveat Emptor springs to mind 😉

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    • November 21, 2012 at 5:18 am
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    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.)

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    • November 21, 2012 at 5:27 am
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    doble

    • #14
    • November 21, 2012 at 6:02 am
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    to hell with oakland, do something meaningful and run in orinda,

    or ….maybe monte rio

    nitor in adversum

    • #15
    • November 21, 2012 at 6:03 am
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    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

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    • November 21, 2012 at 6:09 am
  16. Profile photo of Brasidas Inactive

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

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    • November 21, 2012 at 6:12 am
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    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…]

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    • November 21, 2012 at 6:19 am
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    Slogan: RU4U?

    • #19
    • November 21, 2012 at 6:24 am
  19. Profile photo of outstripp Inactive

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

    • #20
    • November 21, 2012 at 6:27 am
  20. Profile photo of Horace Svácz Inactive
    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.

    Oakland needs Yoo!

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    • November 21, 2012 at 6:54 am
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    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 😉 · 1 hour ago

    MILLWALL-Car-Mag-01-SMALL1.jpg

    No one likes us; we don’t care.

    Hat Tip to Father Z

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    • November 21, 2012 at 7:06 am
  22. Profile photo of Keith Inactive

    Yoonies . . . 

    • #23
    • November 21, 2012 at 7:11 am
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    Secretary of Disinformation: Susan Rice (who may soon need a new job).

    Director of Elections: David Axelrod (who is out of work and has no immediate prospects).

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    • November 21, 2012 at 7:14 am
  24. Profile photo of 10 cents Member

    The real power in the Yoo Administration is the Water Commissioner since he/she dictates the use of the water. Of course John Yoo will be just a figurehead because Richard Epstein or Psy will be the one pulling the strings. 🙂

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    • November 21, 2012 at 7:53 am
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    Secretary of the Environment: Jonah Goldberg (expert in cigars and dogs).

    Secretary of telling John Yoo to stick to his day job: Michael Barone.

    On the other hand:

    Paul A. Rahe: Director of Elections: David Axelrod (who is out of work and has no immediate prospects). · 29 minutes ago

    Well, if he could get Obama reelected in this economy, maybe Axelrod could give you a real shot!

    • #26
    • November 21, 2012 at 7:55 am
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    Official Campaign Song: Yoo Do Something To Me.

    Oh, do do that voodoo that Yoo do so well . . .

    • #27
    • November 21, 2012 at 8:09 am
  27. Profile photo of J. D. Fitzpatrick Member

    I think we need a more muscular Latin motto: 

    Nemo me impune lacessit. 

    [No-one f’s with me.]

    h/t Edgar Allan Poe

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    • November 21, 2012 at 8:13 am
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    Minister of Biting Wit and Stinging Invective (formerly Minister of Biting Wit and Stinging Invective): James Delingpole

    • #29
    • November 21, 2012 at 8:53 am
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    What kind of double-edged sword would it be if Richard Epstein, one of the nation’s foremost experts in “takings” was in Tax Administration?

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    • November 21, 2012 at 9:19 am
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