Tom Brokaw, pontificating for the Today show: "The Tea Party is tiny but very well organized...they show up everywhere...." --Or, Tom, maybe -- just maybe! -- there are a whole lot of people annoyed at an ever-growing, ever-taxing monster of a Federal government, and a lot more of them than ever are willing to get out there and wave signs? But if you admitted that, you'd pee in your boots from fear.
Meanwhile, anent POTUS, Tom muses, "His party...wonders which guy will show up," the "angry populist," the executive who "rolled back environmental regulations,"* or "the cool arbitrator..." But Tom, that's all the same guy: the "magic mirror" campaigner, who gives the audience whatever they want to see. Tsk, sooo fickle; you lurved it in '08. (To be fair, I'm convinced winning Presidential elections these days requires a degree of appearing to be all things to a majority of the people, to be politically as Suetonius gossiped Julius Caesar was in the bedroom, "Every woman's husband and every man's wife." --Oh, and promise enough special interest groups they'll get their breaded circuses -- promise with crossed fingers).
Ahh, election season. I'll be voting mostly Libertarian -- and popping popcorn.
* I believe that's hyperbole: all he did was tell EPA to maintain existing smog standards, rather than implementing stricter rules. But the Green Democrats have been cadging beers to cry in ever since, blearily averring Hilary (or Ralph) wouldn'a done it.
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