Jay Evensen: On second thought...

Published: Monday, Feb. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Traverse City, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Remember way back when people wondered whether Jesse "TheBody" Ventura becoming governor of Minnesota would drag down the level of civility in politics? Seems about as quaint now as worrying about the Beatles' long hair in 1964.

Jesse would have been a welcomed grownup in the crowd if he had gone to the GOP debate in Mesa, Ariz., last week. Here's a sample of what was said:

Mitt Romney: "When I was fighting to save the Olympics, you were fighting to save the Bridge to Nowhere."

Rick Santorum: "You don't know what you're talking about."

And they say politics today lacks substance.

And speaking of substance, how about Rep John Sullivan, R-Okla.? Speaking last week of how the Senate can't pass a budget, he told a town hall meeting, "I'd love to get them to vote for it…But other than me going over there with a gun and pointing it to their head and maybe killing a couple of 'em, I don't think they're going to listen until they get beat."

A spokesman later implied Sullivan was only speaking metaphorically. It would seem the representative missed the senators and metaphorically shot himself in the foot.

The spokesman said Sullivan also spoke that day about the need for civility in Washington. It's so much easier to be civil with a gun pointed at your head.

Frustrated by its current crop of presidential candidates, GOP leaders are said to be considering someone new — someone with mass appeal who can shoot from the hip with great effectiveness. Unfortunately, Jeremy Lin isn't interested.

Every year, Utah lawmakers wait for the February revenue figures to learn whether they are going to be heroes of public and higher education or just another batch of heartless, child-hating politicians.

Last week they got the news — the state will get $14 million more than planned. For most people, that would be enough to ensure popularity. For lawmakers, it means one more year in the corner with a dunce cap.

Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, was released from a New Zealand jail this week after a judge ruled he wasn't a flight risk. Dotcom is wanted for allegedly allowing illegal downloads of copyrighted material through his site. Word has it he may try to blend into the woodwork by changing his name — to Kim Dotnet.

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