It’s summer, and I’m having a hard time sitting down to write about anything at all. Frankly, these days I’m even having a hard time sitting down to read the news, especially about politics—the usual source of my blog posts. A couple of days ago I read that President Obama is going around the country shaking hands and kissing babies while Romney is vacationing in New Hampshire and holding his annual family Romney Olympics…blah, blah, blah. Yeah, I’m really interested…
I am definitely more interested in learning that for the first time in our history, a sitting President will be outspent in an election year. Thank you SCOTUS for your Citizens United decision that declares that corporations are people and money is free speech. Karl Rove is laughing all the way to the SuperPacs.
I am also interested to find out how it’s possible that President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 46% in the latest Gallup poll. This after 8 years of a Bush presidency that pushed us into the deficit hole that we are in, 4 years of reckless House Republican behavior in their pursuit of one term for Obama, a Republican war on women that seems to have intensified in the last two years, and a rampant right-wing extremism created and fueled by the Tea party and allowed by the Republican establishment.
I never cease to be amazed (and disgusted) by these Gallup poll results. I could sit here and try to figure out how much blame for them goes to the bad economy, to Republican obstructionism and spin mastery, to President Obama’s conflict aversion, and/or to the Democratic party’s chronic incompetence at political messaging. But, honestly, I don’t have the energy.
Maybe I have reached a point of political saturation or perhaps I’m suffering from some kind of heat-wave heat stroke resulting from the global warming that, according to Republicans, does not exist. Am I the only one feeling this way or is this a widespread national phenomenon?
In any case, I’m glad that the elections are not until November. It gives me plenty of time to outgrow this haze. I hope.