Of Politics, Malicious Deities and Old Quotes

Of Politics, Malicious Deities and Old Quotes

As an academic (at least now) with some past in practical politics (at least from the perspective of strategic planning), I find the Democrat’s electoral campaign this season incredibly inept at all levels. The GOP may not be able to govern and may find ethics tedious, but they sure know how to push emotional buttons. I’m frustrated because I think I could have developed a great strategy for the Democrats concentrating on Congressional elections and showcasing the much worse than do-nothing policies of the obstructionist Republican legislators in both Chambers, – with the presidential election a successful toss in.

But then, the Democrats would have fallen to fighting among themselves (I hear Will Rogers sadly chuckling) and as they did four years ago, they’d have grasped defeat from the jaws of victory.

Oh but for a political party both competent and decent!

In the distance I hear the echo of a malicious deity whispering, “a man’s grasp should exceed his reach or what is a heaven for”.


© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2012; all rights reserved