When I lived in Oregon, I did quite a number of cartoons about OR-7, the peripatetic lupine lonelyheart. After awhile, this wolf started to take on a personality all his own, and I was just along for the ride/wander. I even did a poster and bumper sticker for a joke OR-7 presidential campaign. Apparently quite a number of people took this joke seriously in Oregon, because OR-7, I was reliably told off the record, had received a lot (hundreds) of write-in votes in Portland alone.
Hundreds. For president of the United States. The job that controls The Football with the nuclear codes.
So last Sunday, I proposed, in a cartoon, that Sutter Brown (the only dog I am aware of with what appears to be not only a legal last name, but a politically potent last name) run for Lt. Governor of California.
@SutterBrown on Twitter then repeated this joke (#howowuldyoufeelifyouweregavin), and then I started Facebooking about it, as well as tweeting.
I am truly afraid that these little gags go very much awry, and people who have taken the time to get a ballot then would throw it away on Sutter.
Now, don't get me wrong. Sutter has many fine attributes for a Lt. Governor, such as nice teeth and beautiful hair. And we also know since there doesn't seem to a fixed job description other than be alive when the incumbent governor isn't, certainly Sutter would fit right in.
I can also tell you that Oregon doesn't have a Lt. Governor. The Oregon Secretary of State is second in line of succession. But she does have one critical qualification anyone in California politics would like to possess.
Her name is Kate Brown.
Read more articles by Jack Ohman
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.