There is a beautifully written piece in The New York Times, "What Happened to Obama?" I don't disagree with a single line of it. In fact, I've said all along Obama has been running for office since the day he took office. it is the nature of politics in America. Not one day, not one single day, without fundraising, without a careful eye on the next election.
My question is this: What is the alternative? Hillary Clinton won't run against Obama. that deal has been cut. And I'm fairly certain the country's obsession with Bill Clinton's penis would have made her presidency riddled with questions of less-than-important issues. Whitewater would look small in comparison. (Pardon the pun.)
Start another party? The Green party is already rife with corruption. It takes decades to make one that sticks and can compete on any real level against the Dems and Repubs.
We can't change to a parliamentary system. Could you even imagine? Anyone suggesting it would be tarred and feathered just like the British governors in colonial days.
Not vote for Obama? OK, so I stay home. I say, I cannot do this. Bachman is too extreme, but Romney sure knows how to walk the "moderate" walk. Then what?
No one riots in America. Greece passes an austerity plan and people riot in the streets. But here? They'll turn the channel. It's not that no one cares - I believe people are incredibly anxious and worried about the future, for themselves, for their kids - but people have been so stripped of any feeling that they could actually create any kind of change on their own, they roll over and wait for the next kick.
The Presidency is about more than just one thing. And that's what I'm trying to hold onto. The fact that we have hate crimes, the end of DADT, the START treaty (to disarm Russia and us from cold war nuclear warheads once and for all), at least a stab at health care reform, TARP (no, not perfect but something), two successful U.S. Supreme Court nominations (Because for me? That was the biggest crisis we were facing), thousands of changes in political appointments to rid the world of Bush appointees ... the list actually goes on.
And every word of The New York Times piece is true.
My question again: What is the alternative?
(Cross-posted at Suburban Lesbian Housewife)