Reimagining circumstances on Election Day
Fun story lines this season have included Joe the Plumber.
By Amara Birman
Shortly before the election, I am thinking about what David Broder said that this is the best campaign he ever covered.
Personally, I think it could have been better, and much. Obama is tremendously flawed as I have pointed out in previous posts, but McCain is as exciting as a potato. Biden makes things up all the time, and Palin fell from the sky and no one can take her seriously.
Sure, there have been some fun story lines from Joe the Plumber, to Tina Fey, to 30-minute infomercials but think about how different the discourse could have been, which would have only benefited the public.For nostalgia, I am going to put my old boss, Rudy Giuliani, back into this and let Sen. Hillary Clinton stand in for Barack Obama. All of a sudden, I can imagine a race on issues and experience and record; a race with thick resumes, diverse and equally impressive inspiration, accomplishment, knowledge, leadership and skill sets; an election between good and better.
Instead, Tuesday, America will be forced to make a choice between bad and worse. The novelty of Barack Obama will wear off and he will be forced to govern and not only adhere to message discipline which, to his credit, he has done impeccably. He will inherit the economic crisis and actually have to practice foreign policy from a dangerously inexperienced vantage point.
On the other hand, if by some strange twist of fate John McCain pulls it out, he will have to be a president, a leader, tough and decisive, and the country and the world will have to look up to him. Thats going to be tough. Yes, he is a hero, but his ability to inspire is nil.
Its a choice now between lack of experience and lack of luster. In a year that was so full of choices with no natural successor, no incumbent, and boundless possibilities, it is a shame that this is the decision we must make. I think America is the biggest loser tomorrow night, no matter which of the two candidates comes out on top.