LePage has made it clear that he won’t bail out cities and towns faced with rising expenses and declining revenues. “No one should sit and wait for Augusta alone to solve the state’s tax and budget problems, including the mounting property-tax burden, because the solution is right there in your own community.”

Damn, that’s not the current governor. It’s Baldacci from his 2003 inaugural address.

Cutler touts his nonpartisan status, claiming it will free him from the constraints of special interests. “Sometimes in governing, you’re going to make some unpopular decisions. I’m readily admitting that I’ve made decisions that aren’t politically motivated … I just want to do the right thing. The politics will work itself out.”

Uh, as you’ve probably guessed by now, Cutler didn’t say that stuff. The first part is a quote from Baldacci from a 2004 story in the Bangor Daily. The second part is the then-governor from a Press Herald article in 2005.

Hidden among all this mulch, there’s probably a lesson to be learned. Perhaps it’s that in spite of what appear to be vast differences, we’re all pretty much the same underneath.

Nah, that can’t be it.

Maybe it’s that what politicians say isn’t as important as what they do.

That seems unlikely.

Or it could be as simple as realizing that politicians are beset with such a total inability to engage in creative thinking, that even candidates who agree on almost nothing end up sounding virtually the same.

“Looking for an original idea in politics is like trying to buy health food at a hot dog factory.”

For once, Baldacci didn’t say that.

I did.

On the off chance all this has been said before and more cleverly by someone else, let me know by emailingaldiamon@herniahill.net.

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