And it probably doesn't matter. It's increasingly obvious that a Romney win would involve some unprecedented combination of weirdness and heinous fuckery. Do I think Romney's people incapable of that level of heinous fuckery? Of course not. That'd be even stupider than I think I am. But it'd be a serious shitload of heinous fuckery.
There's been a lot of what appears to me to be concern trollery as the election season has heated up. But again, I could be wrong about that characterization, and here and there, I've tried to address it calmly and without pointing too dramatically at the underlying stupid. Obviously, that's difficult for me; it's an emotionally charged thing, and I'm as self-righteous as you are. Further, I think I've just plain done a crappy job of it.
I often say that I dislike Loomis. It's true that I think he's a dirty fucking treehugging hippie, and that's where I most often find myself at odds with him. But decency demands that I concede that he is a very good writer on labor history, and he's a very sharp political scientist and political historian--the former puts me to sleep, and the latter holds my interest until someone hands me a novel about Russian tanks facing off against the Nazis at Prokhorovka, or a link to a moderately pornographic Webcomic. Which is why I respect the very sharp part.
I think Loomis gets it right here, in a piece summarizing his disappointment over some elements' behavior during this election cycle. If you're serious about wanting to understand, you should read the whole post. But he summarizes better than I ever could:
To summarize:If you read the Loomis, and the most important thing is still that Obama hurt your fee-fees...well, I guess there's not a lot more to say. Do what you will, and do your best to enjoy the spectacle.
1. Change happens outside the election cycles–elections are for institutionalizing the changes you have attempted to make in the past 4 years.
2. Every single U.S. president has blood on his hands. Voting in a presidential election is always a choice between two evils.
3. We need to think less about our own personal moral position in voting. It’s not about you. It’s about the community where you live. Even if you vote for Jill Stein, the blood of Pakistani babies killed in drone strikes is on your hands. You cannot wash off that blood without changing the system–something that 3rd parties have never done. You want clean hands–organize the American public around the issues you care about. It will take the rest of your life. That is the timeline of real change.
4. There actually are lessons from the past on these issues. There are lessons in how to organize. And there are lessons about what third parties do and do not do. When someone can tell me what value a third party has had to pushing the agenda to the left in the last 80 years, I’ll be real interested in hearing it.
5. We need a tougher and smarter left. The self-described left punditry and journalists in 2012 has been individualistic, holier than thou, disorganized, and narcissistic. The real story of the left this year is smart and tough–the Chicago Teachers Union. That’s how you demand and make change. Writing editorials obscuring the differences between Obama and Romney and encouraging well-meaning people to protest vote is worse than worthless–it’s mendacious and serves as a tool for conservatives to continue pushing this nation back to the Gilded Age.
Oh, and if you think you are one person, or a particular person, don't. Seriously. Deadeye totally fucking seriously.
But to echo the one guy who probably most thinks it's about him, if you're a Marylander: yes on 4 and 6, please. Especially 6. Maryland needs to lead the way on this simple and fundamental matter of human fucking decency.
Not to echo that same guy, because I'm not, but also yes on 5, please, because I'm a partisan political hack; no on 3, because it derives from some asshole pissed off because some PG County Council member didn't get slushed out of office fast enough; and yes on 7, because it's a war between competing casino interests, which isn't compelling, but yes keeps the money in Maryland rather than shipping it to Delaware and West Virginia.
And in MoCo, please, please, please, vote no on B. Both parties and the fucking County Council, and the fucking County Executive want you to validate their clear and sordid violation of a negotiated union contract. Fuck them.