The Politics of Human Interests

After wearing out the patience of television viewers over an entire year of premature campaigning, the two political parties will soon be informing us of their choices.  Will the presidential election of 2008 really come down to a contest between two leftist anti-Christian senators representing New York?  Or will Al Gore, even more bloated with a Nobel Prize, sneak in to rescue the Democrats?  Or will the ghost of Ronald Reagan return to do what no living Republican is likely to—namely, to cover that disgraced and shameless party with a few rags and tatters of respectability?

For the sake of argument, I am assuming that my two favorite candidates, Ron Paul and Donnie Kennedy, have less of a chance than my third choice, Stephen Colbert.  In a great comic moment, one of the news anchors (Charlie Gibson, I believe) wondered if Colbert’s mock campaign showed disrespect to our great democratic institution of free elections.  I think he was kidding.

When conservatives say they are upset because no one represents their “ideas,” I hope they, too, are kidding.  What the GOP needs, they tell me, is a sharper ideological focus.  I have lost my voice and developed writer’s cramp trying to explain to them that, in Washington, there is no ideological conflict in which it is worth your trouble to take sides.  Whatever and however the candidates are chosen, the choice can only be between the welfare...

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