Are We Done Yet?
Iâ€™m a political junkie, I admit it. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s a cure. But if there were a 12-step program, itâ€™d look something like the Democratic primary race. Good God, is this thing over yet? I really donâ€™t know how many more election returns I can watch. Even the talking heads at CNN and MSNBC are looking bored. I donâ€™t think John King even likes his fancy touch-screen anymore. Keith Olbermann isnâ€™t even able to amuse himself. Itâ€™s sad.
Despite all the talk about this being a bitter contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the problem is that itâ€™s been far too vanilla. The candidateâ€™s fights have been over petty matters because thereâ€™s only one substantive policy difference between them â€“ the gas tax. So weâ€™ve slogged through months of each candidate trying to grab a tiny bit more of the otherâ€™s supporters â€“ not with bold ideas or vicious attacks but with tiny maneuvers and premeditated slights.
Those of us who talk about this kind of thing, have generally been left to play â€œwatch the pollsâ€ or comment endlessly on issues secondary to how these candidates would actually run the country. Rev. Wright or the â€œBosnia incidentâ€ may tell us something about Obamaâ€™s and Clintonâ€™s inner workings but they tell us little about how theyâ€™ll actually pay for their healthcare plans during a stagnating economy.
They both say â€œraise taxes on the rich and the oil companies and end the war.â€ O.k., but will that actually work? John McCain is proposing alternatives but the media has marginalized his voice so they can cover the Democratic horserace. Iâ€™m ready for us to move on to the general election so we can actually have opposing views on issues instead of the exact same views couched either in â€œI have the experienceâ€ or â€œI have the hopeâ€ rhetoric.
Maybe last night will help bring this thing to an end. Iâ€™m ready for it.