Several weeks ago, I said that about half of the 122 members of the House thought they were speaker material.
Upon further reflection, I was wrong. Probably about a dozen members of the House do not covet the post of speaker, but with a little prodding, about half of those might think they could be speaker.
And by a little prodding, I do mean a little prodding, such as mentioning their name in the same sentence with speaker.
By that, I don’t mean, “You are a fine House member. You should consider running for speaker.”
Instead, I mean, “Would you be willing to be the speaker at the Civitan Club on Thursday?”
It’s a simple fact – politicians have egos. “Politician” should be listed as a synonym for egoist in the dictionary.