Who’s thankful for what this Thanksgiving?

What are our politicos and public officials thankful for this Thanksgiving?

I didn’t ask. If I had, they’d have given some sort of boilerplate answer about being thankful for an opportunity to serve the great state or nation they love, to give back to the land that’s given them so much, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

But I have some guesses.

Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama are thankful that no matter what their job-approval ratings are, the ratings for the Legislature and Congress are waaaay lower.

President Obama also is thankful for the whole field of GOP presidential contenders, but maybe not for Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney is thankful for the rest of the field of GOP presidential contenders, too, as they’ve been doing his work for him.

Newt Gingrich is thankful for second, third, fourth and fifth chances.

Rick Perry is thankful for his career, his family and… um, oh, what was that third one? Career, family… the EPA? (Oops!)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is thankful to be in a better mood than she was in last Thanksgiving.

The “Super Committee” can’t agree on anything it’s thankful for, other than that it worked really, really hard and had good staff and support – just nifty, really.

Former Gov. Arnold Scwharzenegger is thankful that anyone in his family still talks to him, and that most people outside his family no longer talk about him.

Former Gov. Gray Davis is thankful that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might be coming to keep him company in the history books.

Chancellor Charles Reed isn’t thankful to be presiding over California State University’s sixth tuition hike since 2009, but at least is thankful to be presiding over Cal State and not Penn State.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is thankful to be out of the headlines for a few days.

Every other elected official in Oakland is thankful not to be Jean Quan.

Rebecca Kaplan, Libby Schaaf and maybe even Doug Boxer are thankful that Jean Quan is Jean Quan.

And Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, isn’t thankful for much at all right now.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • raul

    The question on my mind regarding Hayashi is why was she shoplifting biker chick clothes? As I understand it she was nailed stealing expensive leather skirts and pants. This is the kind of stuff Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra wears. This type of atire is not the kind of clothes Assembly women wear, you can’t get away with skin tight leather clothes on the assembly floor . You’ve got to go with a more conservative, dignified look. Can you imagine Lois Wolk wearing skin tight leather pants? So I am have concluded this Hayashi lady must be a little nutty. This leads me to believe she just might be guilty of the offense, Shoplifting when you are an assembly women is just plain nuts, totally risky behavior, but Hayashi appears to be a risk-taker, you’ve got to be a risk taker when you are wearing skin tight leather pants in your 40’s. I just don’t see how she is going to beat the rap on this matter, she is known clothes horse, obvious risk taker, I just don’t think she will be able to convince anybody she wasn’t guilty.

  • Elwood

    “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is thankful to be in a better mood than she was in last Thanksgiving.”

    And a very happy Thanksgiving to General Custer, who led the dimmiecrats to their worst defeat in modern times.

    You have to wonder about the intelligence of the dimmiecrats. To reward her for this excellent performance they made her minority leader. Lead on General! On to another magnificent victory in ’12!

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Sanitation men and safety officers are grateful for the OWSers. If the campers hang around much longer, the overtime wages will push these folks closer to the 1%.