For the first time since 1972 I will be voting for a Democrat for President.
But I do so with no illusions. I don’t think the election will “settle” much of anyhing.
Nor do I believe that this is the Most Important Election In My Lifetime.
Mostly, I can’t wait for this election to be over. It has infected the population with feverish delusions...both sides grossly exaggerating the stakes. Republican activists have convinced themselves that Kerry is a Kommunist. Democratic liberals likening this election to a fight against fascism.
I can’t help but noting my Weekly colleague Harold Meyerson’s current column, a frothy piece written after he visited the Democratic legions in central Florida. Harold’s a smart guy and a friend of mine, but he’s also caught the fever likening young Democratic canvassers to volunteers who joined the International Brigades in Spain!
Wow. Knocking on doors for Kerry is now the moral or political equivalent of risking your life to fight mano a mano with fascists?
I’m sure given a second chance, Harold would reconsider this simile. But as I said, let’s get this damn election over with already and return to some modicum of sanity.