With one more day until the mid-term elections, I wanted to squeeze in another Pajiba Debates installment to gauge the Pajiba temperature. I don’t think even the most ardent Obama supporter could argue that the likely blood-bath that the Democrats will swim in tomorrow is little but a referendum on Obama. Nobody epitomizes the opposite of Obama as much as do Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, which is — in part — why they’re gaining as much traction as they are.
But as much as anything, politics seems to be about personality. Obama’s personality riles a lot of people, and his ineffectiveness so far where it concerns the economy gives them license not to overlook it. It was a quick fall from grace, but the longer I’m witness to politics, the more I realize how inevitably it cycles. The Republicans are the party of the status quo, and whether they win or not, the cyclical nature of politics, and the slow incremental change that takes place no matter who is in power always seems to favor the status quo. I feel burned by it. By Obama, by the 24-hour news cycle, by the talking heads, and the loud voices, and the fact that — at the end of the day — real shifts in policy are all but impossible. Republicans will take back control. Democrats will put up enough opposition that their changes won’t go in effect, either, and in two more years, we’ll do it all over again. The only people that seem to benefit from politics are the politicians.
So it goes.
Maureen Dowd over at the New York Times had this to say about Obama and the upcoming election:
We want the best people to govern us, but many voters are so turned off by Obama’s superior air that they’re rushing into the arms of disturbingly inferior pols.
Collectively, we have the luxury here on Pajiba to have a bright, intelligent and somewhat politically diverse community, one that is capable of creating bright and intelligent commentary if provoked with the right questions. In this week’s installment of Pajiba Debates, I put this question to all of you: Will you be voting for a candidate tomorrow, or against Obama? And do you think that Obama is an elitist?