Embarking on her 2012 Senate effort, she added a new political slogan to her campaign. She began boasting that she wasn't a lawyer or a career politician. As if being a lawyer or politician was a bad thing. As if Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz were somehow evil for having legal backgrounds. As if years of college and law school were somehow indicative of poor character. Personally, I think having a legal background in government is a good thing. Twenty six presidents were lawyers. (That list includes Abraham Lincoln who was apparently also a vampire hunter ) In my opinion, a scholarly understanding of our Constitution is preferable for a Senator. So why take a swipe at lawyers? I'm a lawyer. I don't think I'm such a bad guy. I give to charity. I pet dogs. I often leave a penny instead of taking a penny at the convenience store. I even replace the toilet paper in my bathroom with a new roll. So what's Linda's problem? And her problem with politicians? She invested fifty million dollars to become one. Am I eating crazy pills?
While many are quick to tell a lawyer joke, most will acknowledge that the legal profession is a noble one. Ask any mother what career path she would wish on her children and the most common answer is doctor or lawyer. Linda's own background included work as a receptionist at the corporate law firm of Covington & Burling. Perhaps years of answering the phone "Covington & Burling...How may I direct your call" soured her view of lawyers. Perhaps it was the many lawsuits filed against her company for steroid use, untimely deaths, sexual harassment and employment issues. I can only imagine she turned to the help of lawyers doing those gut wrenching events. I am not ashamed to say it. Linda McMahon broke my heart. I may have to vote for the lawyer in this election. (Editor's note: OK, OK. So I was always going to vote for the lawyer in this one.)