Roger L. Simon

Fear and loathing on the campaign trail 2008

As the endless campaign draws down, William Goldman’s famous line about Hollywood seems to apply to our politics: “Nobody knows anything.” Could it be that McCain will pull this one out?  I want it, but I fear it. The media has built up the expectation of an Obama victory to such a degree – and then candidate himself has encouraged this – that his failure will be seen as the ugliest of betrayals.  Whatever happens we do not live in a happy land. We are too stirred up politically.  Our system is overwrought.  Unfortunately, however, there is no simple solution.  We are the children of history.  We have to ride it out.