Is Gavin Newsom Leaving Politics?
|Do you see the tongue in the cheek?|
Not at all, according to Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker. "He was speaking tongue-in-cheek," Winnicker said of the mayor's remarks to Dowd. "He intends to have a very active career in public service after he completes his second term as mayor. ... His point when he says things like that is that he isn't dependent on politics in the next election, that he can stand on principle and doesn't feel a need to compromise his beliefs."
It's true that Newsom's remarks came in the context of a discussion with Dowd about the ramifications of his early support for same-sex marriage. (And shortly before he savaged Barack Obama for not taking a strong stand on the issue; the Times article, oddly enough, ran the very day Newsom had a Washington, D.C. meeting with Michelle Obama. That must have been pleasant.)
So can the Gav's statement, "This is it," really be translated for the uninitiated, non-Dowd public as, "This is not it -- and, by the way, I am a hero"?
Sounds reasonable enough.
That, by the way, is what an actual tongue-in-cheek comment sounds like.