I turned on the Republican debate last night…and lasted all of 5 minutes. My problem: before the candidates even speak I know what they’re going to say.
Of course, it’s the same for me on the other side of the fence: Paul Krugman hasn’t written anything original in about 15 years. I can write Ezra Klein’s Washington Post columns before even he writes them. The New York Times editorials have been the same since the Nixon administration.
Furthermore, I already know the Obama ’12 message: Congress blocked me from doing more. We’d be worse off if I hadn’t intervened. Millionaires/Billionaires need to pay their fair share. Etc. Etc.
My problem, though, is not the predictability of everyone’s platform, but the fact that neither side will ever — seemingly — get together. (I’m not arguing they should, btw. Who, in their right mind would want to make a deal with a MAD MAN??)
We’re therefore locked in this kind of eternal “he said, she said” battle, which is getting tiresome.
What’s it all mean? I can kind of see the attraction of just going “off the grid” just to get away from all this predictable hectoring.* Wonder if I’m alone??
* I take full responsibility, at times, for contributing to the hectoring!