Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Michael Tomasky: The Clinton Drama

This blog by it's design highlights the theatre and psychology of politics and punditry. Most of the attention is paid to the bluster, tension, personalities and framing of political discourse.

Michael Tomasky of The Guardian provides a little perspective.
The Clinton Drama
...Politics is not therapy. It's not something that is conducted so people who live essentially comfortable lives can feel good about themselves and happy about outcomes. Politics is about the state of the country and the world. It's about a million things beyond the "character" of the candidate.

It's about what kinds of lawyers are appointed to important positions in the Justice Department to defend the constitution and people's civil liberties. It's about what kinds of people will be working in Labor Department, either helping or hindering the creation of more unions. It's about who is at the Environmental Protection Agency, and whether the laws that protect poor communities from illegal toxic dumping will be enforced or ignored. It's about what the State Department and other agencies do to foster the development of democracy and human rights, or what they turn a blind eye to. And of course it's about the Supreme Court. And it's about a hundred other things just like these things.

In the face of all this, people think politics is about their feelings?...

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