the problem with now

I hate it when I’m right.

Way back in 2005, before anyone thought we’d elect an African American to the highest office in the land, folks were convinced that Hillary Rodham Clinton would the forty-fourth president. And I said then, in a glib, off-hand post, that that was a terrible idea.

The reason I thought Hillary Clinton in 2008 was a terrible idea was not because I have anything against the woman. I’m fairly ambivalent about her as a politician, truth be told. The reason I thought it was a terrible idea was actually because I have a fair amount of respect for her. I knew that whoever got elected in 2008 would be inheriting a political and economic mess of gargantuan proportions. I was short on specifics in that post, but I talked about the economic mess, about two wars, about global crises, and, most importantly, how the spin doctors and talking heads in the media are so wrapped up in the Now that they have no sense of history or causality. Americans in general are so consumed with the present that they blithely ignore how it is that we got into this mess in the first place, and they seem to want to pin all their hopes, all their fears, all their blame on whomever happens to be sitting in the Oval Office regardless of who’s fault this disaster actually is.

is it november yet?

But forget all that! It doesn’t matter anymore who wins. The guy they’re running against is going to pull a fast one over on the American people by sounding like everyone’s favorite, if slightly belligerent, crazy-old-cook of an uncle. Sure, Uncle John’s a little messed up in the head (hell, he was a POW), but he’s a good guy. He wouldn’t do anything to hurt us. Let’s look the other way and vote for him. But looking the other way means overlooking, as Trippi says, the fact that he no better than Bush, just dressed up in a different costume. And right now, the most important thing the Democrats can do is stop pounding each other over the heads and start pounding him over the head. Please. Enough already.