Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I can't do it anymore and I'm not satisfied

Why don't you tell me 'bout the mystery dance.
I wanna know about the mystery dance
Why don't you show me,
'cause I've tried and I've tried,
and I'm still mystified.
I can't do it anymore and I'm not satisfied.

That's the chorus from Elvis Costello's early song "Mystery Dance," which is ostensibly about Topic A but has application for where I'm at right now. It's caucus time in exactly one week from today and the candidates on offer all suck, in one way or another. The choices are:
  • Professor Harold Hill with a Queens accent
  • A principled conservative running an unprincipled campaign, with the mien of Mr. Haney on Green Acres
  • A robotic cipher who got played the minute he hit the Senate and still doesn't seem to understand it, primarily because he doesn't appear to be especially bright
  • A straight-up socialist who is every bit as much of a carnival barker, in his own way, as Lord God King Combover
  • The most comprehensively corrupt candidate in the history of the Republic
So in a certain way, the caucus is about Topic A as well. I can't caucus for any of these people. They are all frauds in their own way. So I won't.


Gino said...

Well, still waiting to hear what your premise was...

Mr. D said...

My premise was to riff off something Matt Walsh wrote about Trump supporters -- that their primary motivation is boredom. I was going to put that in the context of things that Eric Hoffer wrote about the subject, and the experiences we in Minnesota lived through during the administration of Jesse Ventura. As I thought about it, the argument wouldn't work without bad faith. This is a different time and place. And I think the motivations of Trump supporters are different. So the post was, in the end, bullshit.

And, as the post I wrote this morning would suggest, I see a lot of bad faith out there on the trail now. I don't want to contribute to that.

R.A. Crankbait said...

I will caucus on Tuesday night, in support of a candidate to replace John Kline, but I will not be flinging my straw vote (like a fart in the wind) at any names on the "main" ticket.

Bike Bubba said...

I personally have never voted FOR a presidential candidate; I have always primarily voted against "my candidate's" opponent. As such I tend to view politics as something of an engineering exercise rather than as a scientific exercise; choosing the lesser of two evils.