Here in the midst of the Endless Campaign, still more than a year from Election Day, the candidates are still smiling, sometimes joking, even answering those “what I like about Bob” questions. Alas, the honeymoon can’t last; even now, the attack-ad dogs are drooling and straining at the leash. Experience tells us they’ll tear many a throat before the voting’s done.
Here’s a sobering analysis from David Brooks of The New York Times regarding the take-no-prisoners tactics that candidates too often use to get elected. Bottom Line: He interviews a pol who’s ashamed of what she did–and she won. ( here)
So often, it seems like the news is just a footnote to what Orwell wrote more than 50 years ago in “Politics and the English Language”:
In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.
(Now wait a minute, George. I don’t know about that “schizophrenia” part.)
PS–with the glorious State Fair of Texas drawing to a close, I thought it was time to change the photo header. I’ll use a few pics from the New York trip in the coming weeks.