The Gibbons-fail post-mortems are starting to trickle in, and one particularly obnoxious contribution dripped from the lips of one former Gibboid:
Even supporters noted that Gibbons had a chilly relationship with some media, state lawmakers and lobbyists.
“But that’s Jim Gibbons,” Uithoven said. “He was never one of the good ol’ boys. He didn’t like them, and they didn’t like him, and he kind of liked it that way.
“There is a lot of faking in politics, and Gibbons wasn’t the kind of guy to fake how he felt about you,” Uithoven said. “Those people involved in state politics have a pretty good idea of what Gibbons thought of them. A lot of other governors have been able to hide that.” (RGJ)
Oh, sniff! The reason Gibbons failed was he was just too authentic! Just too maver-icky for the jaded Nevada elites! Sniff.
Bull-hockey. The Gibbons Gube campaign in 2006 was constructed out of pure, un-pasteurized fake, as have been the last three or four gubernatorial anointings. At least since Guinn first ran, Nevada elites have selected their candidate well in advance and sold a carefully constructed simulacrum to an apathetic electorate. Jon Ralston could easily put out editions of his book the Anointed One for the first Gibbons’ campaign and Sandoval’s by simply doing a global search and replace: substituting “Sandoval” or “Gibbons” for “Guinn” throughout the text. The only reason the elites deserted Gibbons was that he made himself unelectable through sheer ineptitude and an Ahab-like obsession with his marriage.
As for Gibbons being a maverick, that was the most cynical invention of the Gibbons’ mythos–if one can speak of a Gibbons’ mythos without breaking into hysterics. Gibbons was a lock-step Republican stuffed-shirt throughout his tenure in the House. He could always be relied upon to support the party line no matter how crooked that line was. Back home, he was the first of the Nevada delegation in line to cozy up to Reno elites to trade campaign contributions for fast-track earmarking for Nevada projects. How soon we forget eTreppid and Sierra Nevada Corp.
Still, I suppose if folks want to start lying about the Gibbons-years, well, they will just be contributing to a tradition that is at least 15 years old already.