I’m a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
1. FEAR MAKES PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS; THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASSES (BLUE-, PINK-, WHITE-COLLAR THROUGH UPPER MIDDLE-CLASSES) ARE VERY AFRAID RIGHT NOW.
2. A CANDIDATE WHO MAKES CLEAR SHE DOES NOT CARE TO REACH OUT TO VOTERS, TO PUT HERSELF OUT FOR THEIR VOTES IS NOT A DESIREABLE CANDIDATE (NOT FOR THE PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANGTLY, NOT FOR THE ELECTORATE)
3. A PARTY IN POWERE THAT DEMONSTRATES – THROUGH IT’S EXERCISE OF THAT POWER – DISORDER, INCOMPETENCE, SELF-REGARD AND ASSUMED ENTITLEMENT OVER ORDER, COMPETENCE, REGARD FOR VOTERS AND SENSE OF OBLIGATION TO VOTERS OVER OBLIGATION TO ITSELF IS A PARTY UNLIKELY TO RETAIN THAT POWER THROUGH ELECTIONS.
HAVE I MISSED ANYTHING?
P.S.: #1 (FEAR) INFORMS AND FUELS A GOOD PART OF VOTER RESPONSE TO #2 AND #3. ON THE WHOLE, PEOPLE COMMIT TO THEIR IDEALS MOST RELIABLY WHEN THEY ARE OPERATING FROM WHAT THEY PERCEIVE AS A SECURE BASE. ABSENT A SECURE BASE, THE VOTE TO SECURE THAT BASE (AS THEY SEE IT).
THAT IS – FEAR RULES.
Well, Howard, words do not fail me in this situation but I have too much to say and too little time to write. As usual, I’m afraid the Democrats will draw the wrong conclusion from this particular convoluted episode. It’s a wake-up call, that’s for sure. Our congress should bite the bullet and do what we elected them to do—stop the wars, get a good (or at least OK) health care bill passed, etc. As far as Scott is concerned, the Republicans may win this particular battle but I predict they will loose the war. That’s all for now—gotta go write music!
There’s something deeply bizarre to this whole Health Care affair, and seeing Ted Kennedy’s seat fall to a Republican is just one more weird aspect of it. Yeah, Words fail me is an apt way to sum it up.