A week or two ago, CNN published a column by Republican consultant and pundit Alex Castellanos in which he got the upcoming election right. Obama, he said, squandered 20 years of New Democrat centrism and led like an Old Democrat. He left it to Bill Clinton to remind America what a centrist Democrat looks like, in hopes that we’ll remember it, want it, and vote for it, even thought that’s not what we have.
Romney, meanwhile, provides no compelling reason to vote for him other than to make Obama go away. And, sadly, he keeps giving us reasons to question his effectiveness as a leader, which is supposed to be his long suit. Two weeks ago, he said that he doesn’t care about 47% of America. That may be true, and it’s probably right that for him, those people are an electoral lost cause. But he’s a smart guy who should know better than to say it. Last week, he tried to distance himself from that gaffe by pointing out that he enacted a health plan which covered 100% of the people of Massachusetts. That’s the same plan he’s been running away from ever since it went national and was renamed for his opponent. He’s running away from himself as fast as he can, but he can’t run fast enough. He will lose and I will collect on the steak dinner that I bet my friend Dave last December.
Castellanos summed the race up this way: “The resistible force meets the moveable object.” A line so good I sure wish I’d thought of it.
The word that comes to mind is feckless. That’s “feck” with an e.
Whatever “feck” is, we don’t have enough of it. I’ve been looking for an image that sums up this election, and I think I found it:
Four weeks from now, each of us will have the chance to choose our favorite Chia Pet.