I've been a little busy this week, but I did notice that the Yankees won yet another World Series, and for the first time since the Dodgers left Brooklyn I wasn't that bugged by it. I like some of these guys and find them a lot easier to take than some of the old impossible to defeat super Yankees thumbing their noses at any team with less money and therefore less clout etc. I mean, who can object to Derek Jeter? Not me.
Then there were those pesky elections that a lot of Republicans, including many of the rightwing variety, meaning most, took great pride in. But if we look closely, which others have done quite well (one of the most entertaining being Gail Collins' column in today's NY Times) what you discover is a rightwing Republican ran for governor of Virginia as a very moderate Republican, holding his own past at more than arm's distance to try his best to disassociate himself with anything smacking of anything close to the tea-baggers etc., beating what appears to be a totally inept Democratic campaigner (though maybe his main problem was he was from the rural part of Virginia that's dominated by rightwing Republicans who reject his more centrist politics and the urban and suburban voters who vote Democratic didn't see him as one of their own, etc.) and a closet rightwing Republican who made his reputation as a DA prosecuting Democrats positioned himself in the New Jersey gubernatorial race as a moderate against a Democratic incumbent who came originally from BIG BUSINESS and because of previous Republican mess ups in the state capital, and even bigger ones in Washington under the last administration (Republican) and Congress (Republican) faced a financial crisis that obviously requires some spending and some taxing which is political suicide....etc.
Oh, and then there was that little election in upstate New York where as I hear it a Democrat won for the first time in a hundred years running against an out rightwing Republican who wasn't ashamed to come on like a tea-bagger and was supported by all the big rightwing Republican muckamucks who came from far and wide to push for his election, as did the normally more moderate Republicans who are so in awe of the true rightwingers awesome power and political acumen they too urged the more moderate Republican to drop out of the race so that the real "conservative" (I haven't see a "real conservative" since I was a kid, all I see is faux conservatives more interested in personal and party power and serving as lackeys for whatever corporate interests are paying the bills, etc.) could run and apparently get his butt whupped.
So the Republicans are declaring the end of their long drought in the wilderness of etc. (the not-even-a-yea-since-Obama-took-office one) as a great "turnaround"! What cartoon network do our political pundits and commentators and politicians and media and...oh yeah...the scared-to-death-of-Fox-News-ratings universe.
But as I see it, what happened in these elections is the rightwing Republicans lost big time (first Democrat in a century anyone?!) and moderation, even if faked, seemed to win the day. Hmmmm.
As for why I've been so busy this week...stay tuned.
[If you had trouble with the"cartoon network" analogy, just put the word "universe" after that phrase and that paragraph may make more sense.]