Perhaps Lynn’s last comment on all things electoral, at least for this time around:
I’m interested to see how things will change, no matter who is elected. And I don’t mean just the big policy things; I mean subtle things. The president changes the attitude or the “tone” of the whole country just by being the kind of person he is and by the kind of people who are energized by his election and other people who are disappointed by it. And of course, the media.
I’m pretty much disappointed by most of the aspects of politics these days, but surely she’s right about the tone: this was an area I thought was handled well by Reagan and Clinton, at least at first, not so well by either of the Bushes, and thoroughly bungled by Carter.
(And now for the preachy part.) Remember, whoever wins we’ll all be okay. I have to tell myself that as much as anyone else because even as I type it I’m worried about what the future might be like if the election doesn’t go the way I want it to.
I’m a bit less worried. For one thing, I tend to hedge my bets: I tend to tweak my downballot choices based on what I expect to happen higher up. For another, I remain convinced of the resilience of the American people: we’ve survived some pretty horrible experiences in a couple hundred years, and I’m just enough of an exceptionalist to think that it’s something unique to our little corner of the world. (Keep in mind that rather a lot of elections worldwide are a helluva lot nastier than ours.) And I retain a certain level of detachment, simply because I believe in trying to keep the personal and the political at least slightly separated from one another.
Beyond that, my congratulations and best wishes to the winners, my condolences to the losers, and for gosh sakes, let’s change the subject. How about those Titans?