...Not Just Democrats
God knows Democrats have reason to be neurotic.
After the incompetence of 2004, the theft of 2000, the fecklessness of 1988, the despair of 1984, the mugging of 1980, the near inconceivability of 1972 and the crushing disappointment of 1968, they have acquired a not unreasonable resistance to confidence and aplomb.
Gloominess and foreboding are now part of the Democratic DNA. They smile on occasion, when instructed to smile, but in general they sulk like temperamental, hormonally imbalanced teenagers. Oh Jesus, oh Christ, they brood … we're about to lose another one.
And sure enough, the prevailing environmental winds of 2008 are no damn different.
Yes, of course it's exasperating, even infuriating, that
Yet here we are, almost unbelievably, neck and neck indeed. So, predictably, as this two-year presidential campaign stumbles into the final stretches, the Sturm und Drang of Democratic defeatism once again takes center stage.
Look, by nature -- or, as I prefer to believe, by historical training -- I'm a happy cynic and confirmed pessimist. But this time around, anyway, I think that rumors of the Democratic candidate's sure and coming demise are thoughtlessly preceding the reality of the situation.
In the first place, running neck and neck in the national polls barely means a thing. No doubt, the polls are fun and interesting to follow and analyze and either cheer or wring one's hands over, depending on their ascending or descending trend, and in the very broadest sense of analysis they do provide some leading indications. But as the leading indicator of the election's outcome, they suck.
Because, simply, we don't hold a national election for the presidency. That's easy to forget, since people like me tend to belabor the unreal, but at least every now and then, rather than popping another antidepressant we should remind ourselves of the (idiotic) electoral-college basis for electing a president.
And then, having done that, consider this: If
That, in itself, should facilitate one's easier sleep. But there are other reasons for cautious optimism, as well.
Chief among them is the wretched dyspepsia of
If anything should legitimately worry, it's the presidential debates.
And God forbid he should at any point sigh. Please, please keep that in mind,
But, all that remains to be seen.
What does not remain to be seen any longer, however, is whether
Whether it's doing what it's now doing through pressure or premeditation, I frankly couldn't care less. The important thing is, the campaign now clearly plans to finish this contest with guns blazing.
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THE FIFTH COLUMNIST by P.M. Carpenter
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