April 06, 2005
Reading Campaign Trail
The death of the Dean reminded me that I'd only ever read extracts of Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, and, having purchased a copy shortly after, I've now cleared my "To Read" list sufficiently to be able to start it. So far its themes are depressingly familiar:
How many more of these goddamn elections are we going to have to write off as lame but "regrettably necessary" holding actions? And how many more of these stinking, double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get ourselves straight enough to put together some kind of national election that will give me and the at least 20 million people I tend to agree with a chance to vote for something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils?
Now, with another one of these big bogus showdowns looming down on us, I can already pick up the stench of another bummer. I understand, along with a lot of other people, that the big thing this year, is Beating Nixon. But that was also the big thing, as I recall, twelve years ago in 1960 - and as far as I can tell, we've gone from bad to worse to rotten since then, and the outlook is for more of the same.
Of course, this was written very early in the process of nominating the Democratic contender, and McGovern was a candidate HST could actually vote for but he lost all the same. In fact, he was crushed; which may explain why Americans have been having "lesser-of-two-evils" elections ever since.
Meanwhile, A Tiny Revolution informs me that another favourite Moscow Times columnist, Chris Floyd, has his own weblog now - Empire Burlesque. I don't know what I like about Mr Floyd's stuff more, the savage invective or the voluminous footnotes backing up the savage invective. His old columns can be found at The Smirking Chimp.