A Motto Worthy of Both Parties

Ron Fournier (National Journal) has a brief but depressing piece on the state of contemporary politics, arguing that “We Don’t Suck as Much!” is the only message either party can deploy as we enter the midterms. The money quote:

This is no way to run a country. When both parties in a two-party system measure themselves not by promises kept and problems solved but by the Pyrrhic victories awarded to least-lousy combatants, you get what we’ve got in this country: Record-low trust in government, a broken political system, and a deeply disillusioned public. These may be the sad legacies of both Boehner and Obama.

All of this reminds me of the French presidential contest of 2002, where one of the slogans was “VOTEZ escroc pas fascho”—“vote for the crook, not the fascist.”

2 thoughts on “A Motto Worthy of Both Parties

  1. Somewhat before that French election, the crook Edwin Edwards was running for governor in Louisiana against the Klansman David Duke. The slogan was “Vote for the Lizard, not the Wizard.” (I did.)

  2. Harry Reid belongs on that list, with Boehner & Obama. Generally speaking I am in the less is more camp when it comes to legislation, so am satisfied with their mutual lack of engagement and accomplishment.

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