The Atlasian Post Exclusive
INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR X
INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR X
What role did Napoleon have, if any, in your decision?
President Napoleon definitely had an impact, but it was an indirect one. I haven't had a problems with the President the way some Atlasians have or claim to have had (depending on who you believe). However, I do feel like (whether he intends it or not) the Liberal Party is at risk of becoming the Napoleon Party (and already has in the minds of many voters), but such is the danger of personality politics. So while President Napoleon didn't make me want to leave, the personality politics regarding the President definitely influenced my decision.
How would you rate the president's performance?
If you had asked me this a month ago I probably would've rated it very poorly. However, I do think President Napoleon has been much more cooperative lately and I think the situation has improved. That said, I can't ignore everything that came before the past few weeks. Overall, I'd say it would've been better both for the President, the Liberal Party, and Atlasia if he had limited himself to just one term, with all due respect to the President. Overall, I'd say the second term has been a 4.5/10 taking into account the recent improvement (but he could get it up to a 5 or 5.5).
You spoke about more competitive elections- how do you feel about the broad Marokai-Duke ticket in that case?
While the Marokai/Duke ticket has many good ideas and has my enthusiastic support, I strongly disagree with Marokai Blue's claim that competition is responsible for ugly side of Altasian politics. I'd argue the biggest problem is personality-driven politics/individual-centric personality cults.
What specific elements of the Phil-Tmth ticket did you not feel able to support?
Keystone Phil would likely be a very conservative President if elected and I also feel that the Marokai/Duke ticket was much more closely aligned with what the Liberal Party was supposed to stand for than the Phil/Tmth ticket.
Speaking of Tmth, you are a citizen of the Mideast. How would you rate your governor's performance?
Well, now you'll get a scoop I think that when looking at Governor Tmthforu94's performance you have to divide it into the time before the TPP-Liberal-Labor coalition won a supermajority and the time after it won a super-majority. Prior to the victory, Governor Tmthforu94 had done a phenomenal job as Governor. No complaints whatsoever, 10/10 (I thought he'd make a great President). Afterward, however, something changed and whether the Governor or the left-leaning super majority was responsible depends on who you believe. The behind-the-scenes dealings took on an increasingly nasty tone and personality politics began to rear its ugly head. While the far-left elements in the supermajority definitely wasn't blameless in this by a long-shot, as someone with first-hand knowledge of what happened, I feel confident in saying that the bulk of these events were the result of actions taken by the Governor.
Governor Tmthforu94's commitment to the game is admirable and he has done a great deal of good, but there is a dark side to his persona that is well-known but never spoken of. I think that his approvals are low because The People are upset about both his tactics and style, but afraid to say anything because they don't want him to retaliate the next time they run for office (I've heard him referred to as "Boss Tmth" or "Tmanny Hall" by folks wishing to remain anonymous ). The Governor isn't a bad guy or anything, but there is a flip-side to the friendly, good-natured part of his persona. Again, no one says anything because they're afraid of his supporters (some of whom are unbelievably dedicated) and there is a personality politics element to his machine. That being said, he is also a skilled politician and I am pretty confident he'd have been elected and reelected even without the personality politics component. Honestly though, part of why I'm being so blunt about this is that he has a right to know what The People are really thinking and it does need to be said. I'm sure there will be some blowback to this answer, but I always say what mean and mean what I say At this point I'd give him a 3.5/10 post-supermajority. Overall, a 5/10.
Shall we see any particular changes is your approach to government, or political opinions?
Nope I intend to keep doing what I've always done throughout my political career: championing the interests of The People and governing as a principled pragmatist while still staying true to my progressive values.