Will Rogers or Oscar Wilde?

Roland Sledge is running for the Texas Railroad Commission. If you have never heard of him then you have something in common with millions of other Texans. His campaign realized this and decided the remedy was put together an ad using a Will Rogers quote: “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

The problem here is that Sledge seems to be a guy peeing on an electric fence. It is hard to see much value in a candidate for Texas Railroad Commission running an ad attacking the former Illinois governor. The Sledge ad seems more in line with a quote from Oscar Wilde: “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”


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