So at least everybody loses - but now how's that glorified American Exceptionalism workin' for ya? Sure as hell aren't working very hard for it.
Extended rant below the fold...Ya gotta love Joe Miller’s most recent crusade in the name of ensuring everybody’s vote counts (at least for him). Reminds me of how loud the trumpets blew about “the people have spoken” over the primaries. You know, the ones where a whopping 34% of people got off their lazy asses and bothered to vote. Oh but wait - just barely half (52%) of the registered voters in Alaska turned out for the final election. Does anyone seriously think that an elected candidate or their constituents can claim anything remotely close to a "mandate," or for that matter even display a shred of humility by maybe acknowledging that the Emperor Has No Carhartts?
In fact, yes – the people of Alaska HAVE spoken, loud and clear: they irrefutably don’t really care. One solution therefore would be to simply not have ANY Senator, since that what an equal majority seem to agree upon. Alaska deserves what they get, you dug your den, now go hibernate in it. In other words, give ‘em what they want: nobody. Problem solved.
But seriously, I have to laugh, because 1) I'm a cynical bastard, and 2) it’s too funny to cry about: After watching for years how Democrats and liberals were mocked and marginalized over their sign-waving protests of Bush’s wars, the rampant theft of America’s wealth by the military-industrial complex and corporate interests, the expanse of intrusive governmental powers and loss of privacy rights etc. etc. – now we see the shoe is on the other foot. Or at least the foot is in the other mouth.
Now we see (well, mostly hear) vast crowds of Tea Partiers taking their turn at the flaccid bat of redressing the government for their grievances. Now we have this supposedly great uprising in the populace over wasteful spending and this outpouring of croco-shit-dile tears. Well boo-fucking hoo. Similarly, for years we’ve had to endure the sanctimonious point-and-giggle at the “conspiracy theorists” who suspected elections are stolen and the voting system is corrupt. So pardon the yawn at the newfound patriotism of the righteously indignant losers who've suddenly discovered that karma’s a bitch.
Because when all is said and done, it’s like a bunch of ravens fighting over garbage down at the local dumpster. Some of the most liberal and progressive bloggers in Alaska are practically falling over themselves to be first in line to open the door for Miller’s Constitutionalist challenge, damn near cheerleading his noble quest for electoral purity. Have at it, for what it’s worth - not quite a lost cause, but rendered somewhat impotent in view of underwhelming Alaskan apathy. Not to give up and embrace a nihilistic outlook, but it’ll be a hollow victory when the termination dust has settled, the uninformed citizenry’s collective anesthesia kicks back in, and the status quo reverts to neutered ignorance. Time will tell if this momentum can be maintained when the lights are turned off. Perhaps energy would be better spent getting people involved and invested in the process, at least caring enough to vote. Then again, maybe this will be an opportunity to demonstrate transparency, in turn ensuring voter confidence and thus attract more voters - but instead it'll probably reinforce public perception of a system so deeply flawed "why even bother." Plus there'll be a resurrection of the old disenfranchisement we saw in the Bush/Gore election fiasco: easiest to blame the damn Greenies and pointedly ignore the detached indifference of the masses. Either way it's a ying/yang cyclic symbiosis of problems and solutions, and I'm not sure which is the tick and which is the dog.
And as any given congressional year demonstrates, Democrats have honed the fine art of
Basically this is all a mood-swing, which I’ll get over and stop advocating for militant ambivalence once the ranting ebbs away and the cute, furry animals creep back into the picture. But it’s honestly hard to feign any sympathy with the opposition, or express solidarity for the cause, when we'll once again roll over and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Go right ahead and let Joe Miller have access to voter rolls on his lunch hour. Remember to