Coping with Obama – and Smog
Posted on September 3, 2011 by Lou
I suspect there are millions of progressive and activist democrats across America with a similar experience.
Today, for example, I was depressed by the news that the administration is rolling back smog standards.
It’s a very familiar pattern. The white house announces a significant policy retreat, environmentalists are appalled and republicans claim that the action doesn’t go nearly far enough.
As we await the president’s jobs speech Thursday, progressive pundits are desperately urging, imploring and begging – yes, we’re down on our hands and knees – the president to be bold.
But, at the same time, we’re preparing for the worst:
We know the president is going to capitulate. We just want something – anything – we can work with.
What we’re facing politically is very difficult. But more than that, it’s emotionally draining and painful. Like tolerating a great personal loss, you need enormous internal discipline just to get by.
It’s easier to simply focus on how awful it will be if Perry, Bachmann or Romney is elected.
So my coping-with-Obama strategy the next 14 months may just boil down to loyalty and respect for the man, a flicker of hope and overriding fear.
To many of you, I know this sounds pretty pathetic.
If we win in 2012, there’ll be relief but how much redemption?
And f we lose…?
I don’t want to think about that.