I'm Starting To Sympathise With Mainstream News Organisations
I was all set to write a post going into detail about Susan Estrich's column on the lack of conservative Presidential candidates. But then I realised something. I don't want to spend the next year talking about whether or not "the Evangelical Right" will vote for a Mormon.***
I complain alot about the "news" being large amounts of fluff, while omitting serious stories about the multi-front war we're fighting and other grown-up topics. Right now, though, I get it. I'm in Serious News Overload. Maybe it's the post-election malaise, lingering longer than it should. Or maybe I really do care if Eddie Murphy is the father of some Spice Girl's baby.
Right now things in my life are kinda good. I'm happy with my husband, I've got two magnificent dog-children. I like what I do. My home is comfortable. My health is pretty good overall. Yes, there's a fair amount of kreptaculousness from time to time but I've just come out of a terribly difficult five years. I'm wanting to enjoy this ebbtide without digging up concerns about which I can do nothing. Does that seem horribly irresponsible? Perhaps, and if so I'm sorry. But I just don't think I can rage against the wind forever.
***My take on the Mitt Romney thing is this:
The "Evangelical Right" has now officially split. You have those who are overridingly Authoritarian/Conservative. Their authoritarian nature will lead them to support Romney despite his religious differences. I can't think of many faiths more authoritarian than Mormonism.
Those of us who are more libertarian in nature will not vote for Romney. That would include me. In short, the ER is no longer the singular voting bloc it once was.