As Rajul Mahajan says “This is a time to wallow in the defeat. Let’s not shrug it off too quickly. Let’s acknowledge what it means in a world that is in the process of being torn apart by a new crusade. When we move on to try to find hope, let’s start with a rational core, not one built out of wishful thinking, fantasies about how the world works, and self-congratulation.”
I am enjoying this phase of the political experience far more than I did the run up to the election. Before the election the commentary was tactical, all about how much Bush sucks in so many ways, schedenfreude over bad news coming from the economy, Iraq, etc. In retrospect a complete and total waste of time.
Slate is running a great series called “Why Americans Hate Democrats — A Dialog.”
Now the whole conversation has become useful. We are asking the right questions finally. Answers range dramatically, but at least we are talking. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in it, but of the series Jane Smiley’s is my favorite. She actually goes into the whole human nature angle and tackles the issue head on.
So let’s not start planning who should run in 2008 just yet. All this talk about recruiting a candidate from a red state is a waste of time. The issues are bigger than demographics. Let’s meditate on this for a while. Why are we in this predicament? How could we let 58 million people get away with not holding a president accountable for the worst presidential record in a century?
Other reading: I liked Tom Friedman’s Two Nations Under God Editorial.