Enough of Palin's wardrobe
So you’re at home with the flu, nose and eyes streaming, and you’re a little too groggy to read (but not to blog), so you’re watching television. You entertain a faint hope that maybe you’ll just slip into a gentle coma until this election is over. But, remaining marginally conscious, you can only reflect on the many absurdities. Only in America.
You have people like David Letterman making fun of Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, as he did monotonously of Hillary Clinton’s. The man wears white socks with a dark suit. You’re going to listen to him comment on fashion?
You have a man who voted to use taxpayer dollars to buy government ownership in the nation’s banks accuse his opponent of being a socialist.
You have a former Saturday Night Live comedian with an apparent opportunity to be elected a United States senator from that frosty realm of sober Scandinavians, Minnesota.
You have multitudes of misty-eyed Democrats pinning their inchoate hopes on a freshman senator without much evidence that they realize that (a) he’s more of a moderate or centrist than some of them think and (b) if elected, he will be willing to make many compromises that will disappoint them.
You have a sitting United States senator running an ad that virtually accuses her opponent, a Presbyterian, of being an atheist. I am not making this up; see for yourself. If you previously imagined that honor, probity and decency were attached to service in the United States Senate, you may need to adjust your views. (Keep in mind the long-serving senator just convicted in federal court of corruption.)
And as you watch an apparently endless repetition of 30-second ads slamming one candidate or another with “spin” (read: distortion, half-truths, outright misrepresentation), you may hear the words of H.L. Mencken echoing in your head: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”