While some of us were dozing off, and others were gaping at the tube, and Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy were sleepwalking through their own personal nightmares, a bit of America resurfaced Tuesday night and well into Wednesday.
A portion of the United States asserted itself, remembered its manners and its civic lessons and the old movies, maybe overdone, when Americans tried to act like good guys and not ignorant bullies.
One example was Tim Ryan conceding his senate race to J.D. Vance in Ohio, emphasizing that this is the American way, to accept defeat, honorably.
The final results will take care of themselves in the new Congress, but despite the threat of Trumpian storm troopers, voters spoke overwhelmingly for the right of women to have a say about their own bodies, and kicked out a few bad actors, and pretty much ignored the grotesque bully lurching around some somber ballroom.
Now it is time for Americans to echo the words of Gene Wilder, playing a Polish rabbi out in the American west in “The Frisco Kid,” who declines the chance for vengeance on a murderous bad guy, and urges his congregation, (in a thick Yiddish accent), “Would somebody please show this poor asshole the way out of town.”
(Not to gloat, of course, but while Trump lumbers off the stage to face all those inquiries, he could take Kevin McCarthy with him – the “leader” who let Trump stage an insurrection and then crawled down to Florida to kiss his…ring.)
I feel particularly bad for a few Democrats who were voted out Tuesday night – Ryan in Ohio plus former Navy commander Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, who so impressed during the Jan. 6 hearings, and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York State.
Also, Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who were already gone, having left an image of conscience. Others will surface. Voters have asserted themselves.
The country has two years to put on the brakes and carefully move into a more rational lane.
President Biden has had a better election than anybody could have imagined. However, from reading Peter Baker’s nuanced and knowing article on President Biden a few days ago, we need a new look two years from now.
Right now, on very little sleep, now that some bullies and know-nothings have been exposed, I’m working on a ticket for 2024.
At the moment, I’ve got Tim Ryan and Stacey Abrams or Val Demings. Or vice versa.
11/9/2022 12:51:05 pm
11/9/2022 02:32:22 pm
Dear Altenir: Brazil showed the way for the US.
11/10/2022 12:40:39 pm
11/10/2022 07:40:30 pm
GV, Gretchen Whitmer Gov. Of Michigan, tops my list—just won impressively and has good political and public skills. Question is where, Pres, Veep. For those thinking a change at the top is in order, she has the skills.
11/10/2022 07:48:43 pm
Alan D. Levine
11/10/2022 07:49:01 pm
No, George. You don't want people who lost their elections for lower office running for president. The last person to do that was Richard Nixon. How'd you like that result?
11/10/2022 09:18:29 pm
Alan, good point. That was written on adrenaline Wed AM. Now I just read Frank Bruni's piece on line with a
11/10/2022 11:09:13 pm
How likely is it that President Biden will say, "Okay, I did my part. Now i am getting on will pass the torch rather than run another lap with it"?
11/10/2022 11:16:22 pm
11/11/2022 06:33:31 pm
"Politics as usual" is routinely bandied about, bit I believe that it is a way of avoiding the issue. It does not require a rocket scientist to know what to do, only some political backbone.
11/11/2022 06:59:25 pm
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.