It's finally here. One local veteran politician calls it the "Silly Season," the time when Hesperia's politics get, well, kind of silly. And there's no better vantage point to see all the craziness than in the Hesperia Star's Main Street office.


The Star is the hub because it is generally where Beau Yarbrough, our political reporter, conducts his interviews. While I'm not part of the interview process, my artistically decorated desk (a.k.a. messy) is within earshot of our lavish (definitely not) conference area. I have my hands full as editor, so I'm certainly not hanging on every word, but I usually can tell the tone of most interviews.


Veteran political candidates usually understand Beau's key task: to ask the important questions that need to be asked. For first-time candidates with no track record, often the most difficult question Beau poses might be, "So what is the first thing you'll do when you get into office?" For many, that seemingly simple question that helps defines what kind of elected official they might be stumps them. They get flummoxed. Conversely, astute politicians either have something prepared or are able to ad lib an upbeat answer that becomes a peppy quote.


For politicians with track records, Beau will ask pointed questions. Each reporter has his or her own style. I'm more of the softer-gentler Gwen Ifill style interviewer, which is why I prefer writing lighter feature stories. Beau, on the other hand, has more of a Tim Russert approach. He's congenial, but he can be extremely tough. If someone tries to dodge a topic that residents deserve to know the answer to, Beau won't relent. Smart politicians accept what's coming. The other ones often try their darnedest to redirect the topic. We've had our share of each type of candidate here.


Sometimes we hear back from politicians after their stories comes out. Again, the more capable politicians are tactful - and some are actually complimentary - or perhaps they have a small tactfully-posed complaint or suggestion. The other ones ... well you can imagine.


Election day is November 4. If I had my way we'd put a "Gone Fishing" sign on our door on November 5. This season is getting way, way too silly already.