The title gives reference to an old Hall and Oates tune, which might clue you in on my particular demographic.
Let’s just put it this way: I once wore a leisure suit. And to add to the atmosphere, my iTunes player is rocking out to “Frampton Comes Alive!” But I digress.
The above title also gives reference to a much more recent phenomenon: Sarah Palin, the world’s most famous hockey mom. The pundits have been wagging their proverbial tongues now about misogynism and other mean things people are saying about poor Sarah. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is on the campaign trail wondering, “Hey, what about ME? I like hockey too!” What’s the difference between a pit bull and a generally highly regarded senator from Delaware? Uh….. frankly, this is not getting us anywhere.
Pundits on both sides of the issue believe that Sarah’s rock star appeal will eventually wear off, which has conservatives a little worried. The dependably conservative and reserved columnist George Will is changing his message to make the case for McCain: Stalemate. That’s right, better government through paralysis. The theory is when opposing parties rule the legislative branch and executive, generally nothing much gets done and less money is spent. He trots out numbers to make his point.
Guess what? He has a point. Now, don’t get all foaming-at-the-mouth, lefties.
My advice to the Democratic Party
The one thing that worries me about the Democrats controlling both White House and Congress is that they’ll start living up to the neocons’ cheap labeling of them as tax-and-spend liberals, as opposed to the cut-tax-and-spend-even-more-because-we’re-at-war neocons. Don’t give ’em any ammo. Let ’em go fume on Rush and Hannity and O’Reilly’s pH factor (very acidic) about how the Bush administration blew it by being incompetent and going into a war we had no business starting in Iraq and how the conservative wing has to reinvent itself because the culture wars have run their course and it’s not fooling anyone anymore and we need to go back to Barry Goldwater. Or Ike. Or Abe. Something. Make ’em ditch that “Intelligent Design” nonsense and all that other Religious Right Wingnut stuff. Just don’t let ’em paint you with a broad brush or you’ll be out on your butts by 2011.
In other words, don’t let the far left seize the Democratic Party the way the far right hijacked the Republicans.
What do I know? I’m just a centrist from Midwest. But know this, people: I am smarter than the average bear.