Just yesterday, it seemed that the Donk was having a collective fit of righteous terror, a full-on conniption at the realization that The Obama was polling evenly with John McCain. How could this be? Didn't America love the (Emily) Dickinsonian off-rhymey "McSame" jeer? Doesn't America hope for change? Oh that the day had perished wherein I was born, and the night which said, there is a man child conceived! It was the Media! It was unfair. His girlfriend gave up her toe!
Today, they are giddy as can be because Paris Hilton released a video in which she explains that John McCain is old and besides which if we just, like, drill for more oil and drive more efficient cars, then the "energy crisis" will be solved. Or, actually, and I quote:
Hilton basically endorsed a compromise proposal (I can't believe I wrote that sentence) of limited drilling as a bridge to a green energy future. That's not true; the meager take from coastal drilling is not nearly enough to build that bridge. But in the political context, both candidates are actually agreeing with this, as it's laid out in the bipartisan "Gang of Ten" plan on energy in the Senate. It's a true compromise, and it includes eliminating tax breaks for oil companies and funneling that money into alternative energy research.You've got to love the pivot: "That's not true . . . but in a political context." Politics, the Art of the Implausible!
In this scenario, the "price at the pump" will come down, and ten years later we'll all be flying around in personal electric hovercars, or some other Aspen Institute nonsense, living glorious Clintonian lives, gay-marrying in coastal enclaves, with the midwest coverted to a single giant windfarm and monorails as far as the eye can see. A real "energy plan" would involve, say, the reclamation of currently unworked, formerly arable land around population centers for a more localized agriculture in a near future when 1500-mile-per-bite transnational supply logistics will be unsustainable. It would involve bicycles. It would involve the radical revision of our lived communities and economic lives.
But in the meantime, 2 divisions to Afghanistan! Hi-ho Silver, away!