For many months, I have been tied up in knots over the contenders for GOP nomination. I am terrified that on the third Tuesday in January, 2013, someone will utter any of the following: “President Romney”, “President Gingrich”, “President Paul” or “President Santorum”.
I watch the GOP debates, with all of the venal, xenophobic, hypocritical, self-serving garbage that the candidates spew.
Any of these people would destroy our nation. Setting aside Ron Paul and Rick Santorum (who are not winning the primaries), Gingrich is just evil, mercurial and evil (it bears repeating) and Romney is clueless and changes position faster than some in our nation change underwear.
President Obama who was elected to fix everything in less time than it took to break it all. And, he wasn’t supposed to break a sweat or a promise or make a mistake. We were exuberant, irrational and naive about the true state of our nation. No one — no Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Tea Party-ist, whatever — would face any easier re-election bid.
Let’s just accept that. If McCain had won, he would be called the GOP’s version of Jimmy Carter.
And let’s be clear — Obama’s campaign fed on the hopes and aspirations that we were electing a messianic politician. He rode high and won on outlandish expectations that his campaign encouraged. Once elected, he had to tamp down the expectations. Because he found out just what he inherited and it wasn’t pretty.
But the GOP nominee can be the next president of the United States. We cannot ignore that scary possibility. (To wit: GWB won 5-4 in the Supreme Court.) Too many people are comfortable that Obama can beat either Romney or Gingrich, but the economy is fragile and people are deeply divided over President Obama (some for political reasons; others, for reasons that are, let’s say, less than Christian). So, nothing is a sure thing.
Why am I scared? We have never been more divided as a nation. And President Obama has incited the angry passions in the left wing of the Democrats and all of the Republicans — Democratic left, because he wasn’t nearly as “progressive” as they had expected and the Republicans, because he wasn’t nearly the effete liberal, scared-y cat they were hoping to skewer.
Now that the GOP is divided and frantically scrambling to blow back against a Gingrich nomination or presidency, I smile and relax.
If I set aside what the mud-slinging says about us and our society, I can talk about the debates in the same conversation as others talk about the Real Housewives of Los Angeles. And no one knows I am talking about the political debates and our (G-d forbid) future president of our country.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.