On a warm summer night when I was having trouble sleeping, I checked the Internet and saw on Senator Patty Ritchie's Facebook page that she had visited some senior citizens and brought them some ice cream. Made me think how refreshing some ice cream would be right now and how great it would be to have a State Senator show up with a pint of chocolate mint.
Alas, that's not likely to happen, but if it did I wonder if I would have the episode on my blog before the Senator's press flack would have it on her Facebook page.
Of course, the Senator has a staffer well trained in media as a former managing editor of a daily paper. He knows how to bypass the filter of old media and take his boss' case directly to the public.
Just a few years ago, we had no idea what our public officials did except for what the MSM told us. Of course, they are professional gatekeepers and know how to tell us what we need to know....
Now I know my Senator visits seniors, taps maple trees and has saved cheese and chili from the clutches of unfeeling bureaucrats.
I never had that kind of insight into Jim Wright when he was senator. Although I know he was at Pete's last night.