Only thing that I did wrong
Was staying in the wilderness too long
Keep your eyes on the prize
The great questions in the air — about how much lasting constitutional and foreign-affairs damage Bush-Cheney have done, about the ways and means of turning things around, and the capacity of the american people to be citizens rather than consumers — leave me for the moment speechless.
I do think the turn in the works is a major turn.
A premise there, however, is that the forces behind the Fascist Shift of the new century are not deeply rooted and are exhausted for now — leaving the new administration a horrible mess, yes, but also a durable mandate and some elbow room.
But — if the premise is false, then four years from now we may see Romney on the verge of victory, and the young Obama already a has-been.
This was one reason why, this past winter, I thought Hillary the better candidate for the Donkeys to nominate — to allow her to absorb the worst of the blast, while holding Obama in reserve.
But …Â The hour of doom is at hand.Â Let the sun shine …
The mandate will not be large.Â LBJ in 1964, riding a wave of sympathy re Kennedy’s murder the year before, gathered 486 EC votes and carried 44 states.
Nothing near that is in the cards for Obama.Â Rather, somewhere between 289 and 364 votes, with 22 to 27 states, plus D.C.
Clinton got 370 votes and 31 states in ’92. And 379 and 30 in ’96. Plus D.C. in each.
Reagan has the all-time high, against hapless Mondale in ’84, with 525 votes and 49 states.Â Then FDR in 1936, against Landon, with 523 and 46 (of 48 total) states. And then Richard Nixon in ’72, contra hapless McGovern.Â 520 votes and 49 states.
Then again … Even the greatest EC landslides were, roughly speaking, five people voting chocolate and five vanilla.Â Fifty-three Pistachio, forty-seven Rocky Road.
No matter what happens on Tuesday and across the next four years, there is no escaping or re-writing the fact that the failures to apply Due Process in the 2000 election, and to depose Bush-Cheney in 2004, were costly beyond measure and plain evidence that, on the national level, we are not a functioning democracy.
Only thing that we did right
Was the day we began to fight
Keep your eyes on the prize
It’s an open question — whether WE can fight at all.
But … Team Obama has.Â They’ve run an amazing campaign — principled and potent.
Can the example revive an increasingly impoverished and brain-dead citizenry?
Seems all my NY friends are holing up Tuesday night. Me, I think it’s the first thing in the public sphere worth celebrating since …Â Can’t recall.
Let’s have a General Strike on Wednesday. And then, to the business of rebuilding.
Where’s my blue suede shoes?
Aha — a final pre-election postscript:Â Great overview from a waning & weeping Laissez Faire fellow in the London Daily Telegraph.