It’s time for me to admit that my long term relationship has gone sour. I’ve been shacked up with politics almost my whole life. I was reading my mother’s National Review back when William F. Buckley was a youthful stud.
I mostly look for good loving on the other side of the political tracks now. But so far this year the lefties have left me just about as cold as the righties. No matter whether they have a “D” or an “R” after their name, I’m not getting turned on.
The thrill is gone.
I’m glad that yesterday Kulongoski won the Democratic primary for governor. About as glad as I was after getting off a cramped five hour flight from Maui recently. I was uncomfortable but I said to myself, “it could have been worse.”
That’s the same way I felt about John Kerry. Better than the Bush alternative. How can you get enthused about the Oregon gubernatorial race, though, when “at least Kulongoski isn’t as bad as Saxton” is your main motivation to hook up with his campaign?
Maybe some people got married because they felt that their spouse wasn’t as undesirable as the other folks they dated. If so, that’s sad. Which is precisely the state of politics in Oregon and the rest of the country right now.
It’s been a long time since I was genuinely excited by a candidate or political party. Howard Dean and MoveOn, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t been responding to emails from organizations like yours. I give them as much attention as the penis enlargement come-ons. Actually, less.
Progressives of America, you’re more attractive to me than the neocons. I also find red peppers more attractive than green peppers, and I try to avoid both varieties. I’m tired of looking over the political menu and being forced to choose between something that tastes bad and something that tastes worse.
Come on, candidates. Aren’t there some of you out there who can make me really hungry for your tasty positions, as opposed to leading me to hold my nose while I reluctantly vote for the least disgusting ballot choice?
The “Kerry Haters for Kerry” weblog is still up. Presciently, the last post on November 5, 2004 said:
Despite a massive outpouring of support from those who loathe him, John Kerry has lost. The entire KH4K community is filled with a combination of dread and relief -- in other words, roughly what we would have felt if he'd won. But maybe in different proportions.
To all who visited and participated, we say: The KH4K cause does not end today. It ended Tuesday! Our fight has not just begun. It's over! Where do we go from here? Somewhere else!
Like, Oregon in 2006.