January 14, 2008

Could Somebody 'Splain Something To Me Please?

What is this fascination some people have with the notion of a brokered national convention this year? Lord knows the primary system isn't perfect, and the result may or may not be to your liking... But the notion that the Boyd Richies and Matt Angles of the fifty states would go into a (nowadays smoke-free) room with the Beltway crowd and somehow anoint a nominee worthy of the hosannas of the progressive crowd seems as fantastic to me as the cargo cults of the South Seas.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at January 14, 2008 07:42 PM

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Oh! Oh Oh! (hand raised high in air)....I KNOW this one!! Speaking as one of those people hoping for a brokered convention, i know the answer.

First, you have to understand that some of us have a sort of bipolar attitude toward elections. On one hand we like to attend rallies, emotionally invest ourselves in the candidacies of others, write checks, etc. etc. etc. But on the other hand, we know deep down in our hearts just how truly out of step we are with the average American voter and that our first choice will probably never, in an entire lifetime, be America's choice. In fact, my motto is "expect the worst and hope for the best."

So, understanding that the voters on both sides of the aisle will probably disappoint again and deliver either some highly controversial idiot or else some mealymouthed candidate preaching compromise and moderation, we set our sights on another goal: hoping that once, just once in a lifetime, there is an old-school bareknuckled convention fight. If you can't have progressive governance, at least make sucky governance entertaining. A vote amongst the old boy network may not be progressive, but it's more entertaining than watching Al and Tipper do the Macarena. Coronations are boring, even when they let Grampa Zell out of the boobyhatch to tell war stories about fightin' alongside Colonel Tippecanoe and whuppin' the Kaiser in a duel.

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