I’m curious if anyone else has seen this pattern. It seems that the local Right-To-Life lobby/special interest group has been sending a steady flow of candidates to fill vacancies on various city boards (parks, zoning appeals, planning commission, cable advisory, etc). Normally the city has difficulty finding folks to fill these positions. But this powerful (at least locally) lobby typically sends two or three bodies for every opening. On occasion one of them manages to get appointed (and yes they have even managed to get bodies into area city councils to facilitate the appointments of their ‘own’). This would not be so bad but for the fact that these people appear to say little, ask few questions, have great difficulty stifling their yawns while serving on these boards and generally demonstrate little or no interest in the board’s actual function. It would seem they are doing little more than ‘serving time’ as volunteers on a local board so as to establish some sort of credentials so as to position themselves to run for election to the next rung of public office. I imagine their aim is to eventually get someone into a position where they can influence policy on their pet issue of abortion. The ingenuity behind the right-to-lifer’s strategy I find praiseworthy, however, I find the idea of prepackaging one-issue candidates for public office abhorrent.