'... But you told us not to be hasty. Ought we to tell you anything so soon? Would you think us rude, if we asked what you are going to do with us, and which side you are on? '
'I am not going to do anything with you: not if you mean by that "do something to you" without your leave. We might do some things together. I don't know about sides. I go my own way; but your way may go along with mine for a while.'
'I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me...'
I followed the Republican convention tonight, becoming more angry by the minute. 2004 all over again, the DNC having boxed itself into a trap of its own making. On the blogs, Democrats are gleeful over Palin's performance, split between those who see her as a loser and those who see her as a winner. All I see is another bat-shit crazy conservative ideologue who cleans up nice, but this one as much a creation of the Left's penchant for self-immolation as the Right's lust for total control over bodies and the body politic.
I will not vote Republican, insulting Hillary's work by giving Palin my support. Sorry, feminist solidarity doesn't mean being stupid. I don't want her attacked and I sure as fuck do not want her in power. I will not pretend that McCain and Palin are anything except radical conservatives who will continue down the path of destitution, desolation and destruction the Movement Conservatives have followed since Goldwater. What they want for the country and the world is wrong and all the penny-ante party infighting passing as fighting corruption up in Alaska will not change that basic fact. Their very perception of reality is diseased, fearful and violent. They may very well be lovely people one-on-one, but I don't care about the soul of a politician. I care about their objectives and their votes.
But the DNC has shoved an illegitimate candidate in my face, and that, too, is not something I will support. The Democratic nomination was a farce writ large. The methods used to win, the impulses encouraged and the allies enlisted in the aide of trying to use a slack election cycle to kill off political rivals, render their candidate anathema to me. The tactics the Obamacans embraced are now endangering the Democrats' bid for control of the government. As with Gore and Kerry, they are running as hard as possible from the policies and personalities that could actually secure a victory. Obama won the nomination by attacking his own party, decrying the value and worth of our partisan positions, joining with the mainstream press to attack not just a rival, but the core contituency of the Left. The entire party is being made to pay for his narcissism. Denying that this is happening won't make it go away.
I no longer have a dog in this fight. My candidate and my concerns have been asked to exit the stage. There is nothing I can do that I am also willing to do to affect the outcome in November, so I'll be spending the next ten weeks or so on the sidelines, picking apart the cultural baggage and writing political theory.