“Those who know less than me better shut up.”
That quote was attributed to Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra, responding to criticism that he is an autocratic leader soon after his party’s landslide victory in the general elections. His vanguard arguement that he is a champion of democracy: shut the fuck up. As you can see, he is ever the diplomat, the silky smooth, mature elder statesman.
In case you didn’t quite pick up on it. I was being a tad sarcastic. This puerile, hot-headed, ham-fisted thug of politician buys his way into a second victory in what is being labelled as the dirtiest campaign in Thailand’s storied history of uber-corrupt campaigns, and he has the chutzpah to claim that he is the pinnnacle of Thai democracy at its finest. Then again, this is the same guy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, made his money through crony-capitalist-derived monopolies, and thinks he’s the greatest self-made man since Horatio Alger.
Fellow Metroblogger Scuba once told me a great quote about Wubya that I think is equally applicable to our PM: “He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.”