Posts from September 5, 2004

The militant middle

The militant middle

: I’m watching Bill Maher’s show (I always end up seeing it a day late; I’ve heard that, like meatloaf, it’s better cold) and Andrew Sullivan is doing a great job representing the militant middle. That’s where I see myself these days. I’d been called (and called myself) a liberal hawk but that just sounds like peanut butter and ketchup. No, the militant middle is my neighborhood now.

Andrew and I disagree about lots but we meet in the middle. We’re both likely not voting for Bush but we’re not nuts about Kerry, either. We each saw the necessity of the war in Iraq and regret the quality of peace that has followed. We lump the Swifties and the Moories into the same bucket. We defend the voters in the middle and the undecideds who don’t live on the edges and breath fire at the other side but who are, indeed, trying to figure out who the hell to vote for this fall, because it sure ain’t easy. Glad to see Andrew there.

Mars National Convention v. Venus National Convention

Mars National Convention v. Venus National Convention

: Also on Bill Maher’s show, he was depressed that the Republicans run a better convention than the Democrats, a better show.

Maher thinks the Republicans are all about emotions and the Democrats are all intellectual. I don’t think I buy that.

On a truly awful local NPR show today, some lady complained about the “hyper-masculinization” of politics by the Republicans. That’s crap but still, it actually makes better (useless) sense: Republicans are male and aggressive (“Bring it on!”); Democrats are female and sensitive (yes, the “sensitive” war on terror). If you’re going to deal in gross oversimplifications, at least make them make sense.