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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Season Of Meh

Having trouble waiving the pom-poms these days.

MSNBC's ratings are down.

Liberal bloggers are cutting down their writing.

Why is this?

I think it's because the election is over and governance is impossible.  So many of the fights in the news today are rearguard actions fighting the same fights we've been fighting for 30 years.

Obama got ACA passed.  The GOP is obsessed with ending it before it really starts.

Obama got bin Laden.  The GOP is obsessed with Benghazi to dent his national security credentials.

Obama won the election handily.  Must be because the IRS killed the Tea Party with its requests for additional information.

There are a few areas where real change might happen.  We might get some sort of background check bill passed.  We might get some sort of immigration reform passed.  I'm not terribly sanguine on either, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.

But the other major issues that we face: climate change, a soft economy, tax reform, the future of entitlements, responsible debt reduction... these won't get solved, and in fact the battles over them aren't really worth fighting.  Because the GOP is insane right now, there is no point in even engaging.

Instead, all you have is a bunch of mularkey posing as scandals and legislative gridlock. Do we really want to get into what Erick Son of Erick said on Fox?  Is that what we want to re-argue?

What's the point?

As for me, I'll be posting less as I am the AP reading for the next week.

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