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It’s Called ‘Transition’ For a Reason

In a political — and religious — season that calls for patience and reflection, some just can't wait.

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Elizabeth Scalia

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December 7, 2008 - 12:30 am
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In a career low that spoke volumes about the impatient nature of her generation — and hinted, strongly, that she had daydreamed her way through her high school civics classes — New York Times editor Gail Collins recently suggested that President Bush resign his “does-everything-wrong” presidency with all haste, so that Barack Obama may begin his “does-everything-right” presidency immediately and save America from its imperfect self.

It is always difficult to wait, particularly if one has existed in a state of abject longing for some time and sees fulfillment — nay, salvation — on a near horizon. In making her absurd suggestion, Collins wrote:

Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. … Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. … She’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

Faith is a wonderful thing. With faith, one can believe that the Creator of the universe would descend to be born, live, and die of and among his own creatures, dwelling with them and offering himself up for their sins. One can even believe that an ambitious speaker of the House would ascend to the most powerful office on earth and then, within months of becoming the first female to hold such an office, offer it up to another damn man.

In this interregnum season of political transition, the whole nation is in a state of suspense; it watches a right-leaning government prepare to head out to a political wilderness as a left-leaning one processes in from same.

For fervent Democrats and the press — but I am redundant — it is a period of giddy impatience.

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