I was having trouble capturing the Zeitgeist of 2008 for a year-end post, but fortunately Digz did it for me:
There's been a lot of speculation about how responsive the Obama administration is going to be toward their supporters and a lot of work is going toward the "change.gov" mechanism to facilitate it.Which is to say that the theme of the year just-past is the persistence of illusion in the face of contradictory reality. Not that that hasn't been the persistent theme of . . . America, since its founding.
In a way, I admire the temerity inherent in her denial, even as he disappoints the gang at every turn, behaving with a calculating crassness that would be stunning if there weren't already a word for it in the political lexicon--Clintonian. Oh well, Digby. Ah feel yer payun. The hope remains alive that he will be a, what is the word, transformational figure in American politics, although from my bench beside the playground I see a seesaw that's all board and no fulcrum. Obama is supposed to work his hocus-pocus, but if you trawl the currents of contemporary liberal-progressivism, you find that these "supporters" of which La Digz speaks can't decide if he is supposed to be grand conciliator or a partisan dictator. Change.gov indeed. The Donk speaks of Change in politics the way his conservative playmates speak of Victory in Iraq--objects without attributes.
Israel is destroying Gaza, we're still occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan is moving troops to its Indian border, the card-house global economy finally went a floor too high, and no one can do anything about it, least of all His Youthfulness. I'd call it squalid were it not so amusing. Horrors beget catharsis, and 2008 was tragedy as the Greeks intended it: full to brimming with inevitability.