It’s sad to watch what passes for politics these days. There is no appetite for compromise, much less consensus. Both parties have good ideas, but are ready to hold out until they can have the whole enchilada. Both of them labor under the assumption that total victory is only one or two election cycles away. Meanwhile, us peons are stuck in the present, trying to hold onto the pot we piss in and avoiding reality by watching reality shows on the big flat screen.
Here in California, more voters are leaving the Big Two every day. The Democrats are down to 44% and the GOP has fallen to an embarrassing 30%, only nine points ahead of the decliners at 21%. Of course, the decliners are hardly united. Some believe that the parties aren’t extreme enough. Uh huh.
Although some might try to pigeonhole me as an old curmudeonly pessimist, I refuse that honor. I am optimistic that if enough of us in the “extreme middle” hold out, eventually a better product will come along to fill the void. The haunting question is; will it come in time?