Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. Although today’s show isn’t really about two governors, it does involve two (actually three) southern governors whose actions were not reflected in the paths their lives and careers have taken. But, in all fairness, one of the stories hasn’t yet reached a conclusion, so the odds are pretty good that fairness will win. But we’ll see.
I’m talking -in the second instance- of Florida’s sad excuse for a governor. Ron DeSantis, who signed the bill into law just yesterday that will allow him to run for president without resigning as governor first, made his candidacy official yesterday, launching his campaign on Twitter Spaces. Yes, the correct response to that is “Twitter what?” . The little-known audio only section of Twitter did exactly what we expected: It crashed! The headlines “Failure to Launch” wrote themselves.
Meanwhile, the day before, we heard from two former Alabama governors, one of whom I know much more about that the other. The one I don’t know is Robert Bentley, a Republican, who resigned from office before he could be removed. The other is Don Siegelman, a Democrat, and one of the best Democratic governors from the south who could have been (and should have been) president. If only he hadn’t been targeted, set-up and prosecuted (persecuted) by the nefarious forces on the right, likely led by one Karl Rove.
–Click here to hear my interview with Gov. Siegelman about his story from June 12, 2020 —-
Siegelman was accused of bribery and convicted based on lies and fabrications from the right, and he served a sentence as an actual American political prisoner. Unfortunately, the Democratic president Barack Obama did noting to right the wrongs perpetrated on him by those who sought to discredit him.
He’s not coming on to talk about that today, though. Instead, Gov. Siegelman joins me to talk about an op-ed he and Gov Bentley co-authored for the Washington Post earlier this week, expressing their regrets for going along with the death penalty when they each had the power to refuse.