Leading From Behind
2020-12-31 23:26:00 UTC
Yes. They committed suicide.
There were a lot of good politicians on the debate stage in
Houston. But the night rang hollow as they clung to the old
conventions the overcoached performances, the canned lines,
the pandering, the well-worn childhood anecdotes meant to
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Tactics superseded passion and vision. Everyone seemed one tick
off. Unlike with Barack Obama in 2008, none made you feel like
you wanted to pump your fist in the air and march into the
future behind them.
Being a good politician doesnt matter anymore, lamented one
freaked-out congressional Democrat afterward. Its like being a
great used car salesman. We need a Holden Caulfield to call out
all the phonies.
Its a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron about a moron: Trumps
faux-thenticity somehow makes the Democratic candidates seem
more packaged, more stuck in politician-speak.