Just because we're bereaved, that doesn't make us saps!So I guess village blurgher Ezra Klein called Joe Lieberman a senatorial version of Dan Burros and then some other dude at The New Republic suggested that Lieberman was a bad Jew because he couldn't do arithematic, or something. Blog! Well, the occasion sent me skimming through Mr. Klein's recent output, and it is striking how it tells the famous tale of stone soup in reverse . . . except somehow the moral remains the same. Basically, everyone starts out with a big pot of delicious hearty soup, and then all the residents of the village stop by and scoop out all the good stuff, and what's left is a half-full pot of rancid water and a hunk of rock. Delicious! Or, at least, better than nothing.
Well this is the partisan rearguard's answer to everything, isn't it. Better than nothing! They don't seem to be doing very well shoring up the flabby flank of Donk voters. Poor Matthew Yglesias is practically beside himself as he sees the motivated hope-n-change groundswell realizing that they might as well fuck it and go bowling for all the change they've seen. "Nobody ever accomplished anything in politics by not participating." Fuck you, buddy. I'll see your Mondale campaign and raise you a Gandhi. Consider youth absenteeism in the 2010 advertising cycle an act of civil fucking disobedience. The kids might not be right, but at least they're not idiots. Look, despite all the high moral hoo-haw that American civic philosophy has long stuffed into our politics like apples into a Christmas goose (or, you know, think of your own goddamn metaphor, you dirty fucks), non-transactional voting is just conscription. Why should anyone be obligated to fight for someone else's cause? Just for the record: I do vote in municipal elections, but when I vote for the guy who says he's going to address my pothole problems . . . I presume he is going to address my pothole problems, not make a big show of carting in a tracked excavator to tear up all the asphalt and then stick me with a bill for getting rid of the potholes.