We recognize that term is grossly overused in popular parlance, but now that disgraced Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi has decided she wants to replace disgraced Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, all we can think is ... Really?!
Most reasonable people would think a conviction -- yes, no contest is tantamount to a guilty plea -- on shoplifting charges might alter one's political aspirations. But there is apparently nothing reasonable about Hayashi.
No, indeed. She apparently intends to run for the seat vacated earlier this year by Lockyer after her much-publicized bout with substance addiction and the messy marital breakup with state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who bought her the seat in the first place.
After being convicted of shoplifting $2,450 worth of clothing from San Francisco's Neiman Marcus and then trying to float the goofy story that it happened because of a benign brain tumor, Hayashi refused to resign and her cowardly colleagues in the Assembly refused to remove her. She was allowed to finish her term.
Now Lockyer's seat seems to have caught her eye.
In an interview with Bay Area News Group political reporter Josh Richman -- her first since the shoplifting charge -- Hayashi acknowledged that her court case will come up, but she didn't seem bothered.
"My opponents may use the issue to try to smear me, but I trust the voters to be smarter than that," she said.
Smear? Again, really?
Yes, we too trust the voters are smart. We hope they are smarter than Hayashi seems to think they are.