If I were one of the Koch brothers, right now I’d be staring into the middle distance. I’d be wondering: What does an obscenely wealthy person have to do to get a break in this country? Now that the Kochs’ “quest to save America” is beginning to resemble the quest to find Bigfoot, somebody in that company has to be wondering how wise it is to keep throwing good money after bad. The cash went out by the boxcar load and the train came back empty. Not exactly in line with Charles Koch’s quasi-religion of “market-based management.”
That’s the brightest spot in the election for me. Obama’s re-election might not amount to much in the fullness of time, but it’s nice to know that billionaires can’t yet buy an American election outright. If there’s hope for the future, it’s less in the president’s windy rhetoric than in the images of people waiting hours to vote here in Florida. I get antsy after five minutes in line at Winn-Dixie; I salute those — Democrat and Republican — who stuck it out long enough to make their small voices heard. Just between you and me, I’d have taken one look at those lines and kept on driving.
The last thing anybody wants is more political bloviating after so many months of it, but here are a couple other observations from the least-informed pundit in America:
(a) I salute Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock for demonstrating why candidates who aren’t very smart should, when in doubt, just keep their mouths shut. Good of them to fall on their swords like that, and send the Tea Party back into the tall weeds from whence it came.
(b) You’ve got to hand it to Romney, he was classy in defeat. As I’ve mentioned before, if he’d stayed the same guy who was governor of Massachusetts, a guy like me might have voted for him. As it was, his constant shape-shifting — and being in the same party as Akin and Mourdock — that was just a few tar-babies too many. I still wish him well.