Karma Cleanser - August 03 2005
Will it come back to bite you?
Dear Karma Cleanser:
I live in a small, conservative town a little more than an hour outside of Atlanta. The politics here are probably laughable when compared to what goes on in the big city. But I think it is a microcosm of the political system at large. The guy who is mayor got the job because of his wife's money. He's also an idiot who couldn't boil water without someone there to help him. When I complain to my own spouse about the city's corrupt governance, she always shrugs and tells me to run for office myself. I'd do that, except I have a few things in my past that I'm not proud of. No felonies or anything that severe, but let's just say I've been through the "weeds" in my day. I worry that the leftover bad karma from my wild youth would spoil my chances at seizing a seat on the city government. Who's right, me or my wife?
-- Green Party
A would-be politician who asks the press for advice? The Karma Cleanser is flattered — just don't expect us to someday pull a Judy Miller and go to jail for the sake of your anonymity. Anyway, we think your campaign karma's probably nothing to fret over. If those pesky coke rumors didn't spoil Dubya's bid for emperor, we don't see why a little chronic would keep you from conquering Mayberry.