Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Panic results in monster screw-ups. Be patient. Wait. Keep breathing.
PEOPLE NOT PUNDITS DECIDE. Watch the debate or don't. Watch the pundits afterwards or don't. Stay up for the flash polls or don't. Nothing that happens tonight can be understood tonight. And it probably won't be understood for days or weeks.
Nobody knows what voters are looking for in the Romney vs. Obama event. Not you, not me. Nobody. Attacks and deft lines? Policy specifics? A new Reagan? Maybe. Or maybe not. Maybe they're looking for Obama's Mussolini jaw, his stutters, his constant droning reliance on the pronouns "I" and "me." Maybe Romney's blandness and unwillingness to get personal are exactly what an electorate tired of hateful invective wants. Maybe they've already made up their minds and are just lying low, not answering pollsters' calls and waiting for Election Day to send their message. Yes, the debates may be critical, but exactly how...? Impossible to tell.
How I've been preparing. Not listening to conservative talk radio. Not watching Fox News. Emptying my own head of all expectations, preferred strategies, and wishful thinking.
The American people either get the calamitous circumstance they find themselves in or they don't. What will be will be.
From The Man Who Knew Too Much. Take it from a prime offender...
From here on in, we're in the lap of the gods. Not to offend the religious right in any way. It's a figure of speech. Calm down. Keep breathing.