Oh, God, another political blog? What’s the point?
Because as disappointed as I am with the mainstream media, I’m also disappointed at the way certain things slip through the cracks of the blogosphere as well. I’ve gritted my teeth and tolerated it for almost a year now (yeah, “gritted” is a word– I checked), but the whirlwind of events over the past few weeks has pushed me in front of this train. I can either do nothing and get run over or write my heart out and get far enough off the tracks so I maybe only lose a leg or something.
As you can see from the minimalist approach I’ve taken to the design of this blog, I know next to nothing about computers. A little Photoshop for the banner, that’s about it. The truth is, I decided to start this blog weeks ago, back when there were still 20 people in the race and things were really moving. But it took me a lot longer than I expected to figure out how to set up a domain name, get a blog on it, all that good stuff. I still don’t know why the header at the top displays the website address and not whatever I type in between the <title> tags.
But none of that is important. What is important is that starting today, there’s finally someone in the blogosphere (me) with the guts to write headlines like “Ted Kennedy joins vast right-wing conspiracy against Clintons” or “Mitt Romney stakes claim as whitest presidential candidate ever,” while at the same time keeping a semi-serious eye on the most civilly dysfunctional political process in modern history.
Oh, right, the page name. TrainWreck Politics? What’s up with that? It’s pretty simple really. And at the risk of using up my lifetime train metaphor quota in one post, here it is. Watching this process over the last 12 months is a lot like standing in a crowd at a distance, seeing two trains on opposite horizons barreling down the same track. You can see they’re moving pretty fast and it’s going to be a disaster. In fact, you’ve witnessed these types of accidents before– everyone has. But despite the impending tragedy, there are people in the crowd around you obsessing over things like how fast each train is moving, how much weight they’re pulling, who’s serving the meals in the diner cars and what’s on the menu. Other people are absolutely convinced there will be no accident. Despite the fact that the trains are on the same track and heading straight for each other and we’ve seen this exact scenario before, they think that because of X, Y, and Z, things will be different this time. Still other people have seen this sort of thing so many times before that they couldn’t care less about the details. They put their headphones on, open up their magazines, and ask if you could please keep an eye out for them and let them know when the trains are about to hit. So you have the obsessors, the deniers, the seen-it-all-beforers, and a thousand other different types standing in the crowd. But regardless of your attitude, your gender, your race, or where you’re from, the one thing you all have in common is that no force on Earth is going to keep you from staying to watch the train wreck. And despite the deniers, the one absolute truth in America today is that in November those trains will collide, people will get hurt, and it’s going to be a big, big mess. So there you have it. TrainWreck Politics. Let’s get this thing started and see how it goes.