I don’t know about anyone else, but this year’s mid-term election cycle was first, exhausting and second, extraordinarily embarrassing to watch. It was embarrassing in a “So-glad-no-one-saw-my-kid-throwing-that-horrifying-temper-tantrum” kind of way; except, the whole world saw the political temper tantrums. And to make matters worse, we had to actually choose the less of the evils on Tuesday. Make no mistake – the Republicans won because the current Administration handed it to them on a silver platter. Whether the Pubs can pull it off – and let’s face it, it’s a golden opportunity – remains to be seen. It’s bad when a hardcore Republican says that – and I haven’t even got started on the Dems.
The Failed Davis Campaign
That delightful young woman who was part of Wendy Davis’ failed Texas governor run, Chelsea Natividad, showed her immaturity in spades. God love her, she’s young and stupid. But don’t sweat it dear, we’ve all been there, we just didn’t prove it time and again on Twitter. She’s clearly upset that her candidate did not win. I’m upset that someone didn’t give her fair warning. My personal favorite among her many vulgar tweets (and hey – don’t get me wrong, I’m not on a pedestal, I just have enough sense to maintain some kind of ladylike stance in those mediums that could come back and haunt me, such as Twitter):
11/5/14: Our party and platform has been hijacked by sniveling political shitlords who only have ambitions for themselves. – (@chelsnatividad)
Welcome to politics, darlin’….welcome to politics.
The good news? At least it’s not the Republicans doing the hijacking. She has her own party to thank for that. And by the way – when left-leaning Slate calls Wendy Davis a has-been, call the priest and get the Last Rites lined up – her political career is dead. While Miss Natividad is busy blaming political shitlords, Davis can turn to Natividad because she holds a responsibility in the wreckage of her lost political ambitions, at least after the fact. Maybe Natividad should send her flowers or something. And in return, maybe Davis can send her “wanna be a grownup” volunteer to a few etiquette classes.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Now’s the time to take a step back and if these politicians are smart, they’ll do just that. Find their dignity, self-respect and remember their role in society. Never before (and we’ve had some doozies throughout history) has a collective political system been such a dysfunctional failure. The fact that just an estimated one-third of Americans who could vote actually did tells a very dark tale. There is no faith. That’s a shame, too because it’s not supposed to be that way.
No one expects these folks to be anything but human, we’d just like to see them behave not like the temper tantrum throwing kids that they are, but instead, practice a bit of humility. Grace and maturity, even. Think they can make that happen in the next two years, or will we find ourselves as aggravated with them as we do the Obama Administration? The truth is – they hold the power. They can make that happen, not by what they do, but rather, what they don’t do.
Rand Paul – oh, Lord – look, I know he’s a god in some eyes, but seriously, what purpose does it serve for him to trash talk Hillary Clinton? I get it – she annoys me, too. But there are big things happening these days that affect every single one of us. Pull in the reins on what’s sure to be a 2016 run. Make good decisions for the country TODAY, sir. Leave the trash-talking to the bloggers. We got this – I promise. We’re better at it anyway.
Fortunately, we had a few graceful winners and bright moments this week. One of the best happened after the election. Everyone’s talking about the CMAs. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were brilliant. It’s one of those things that requires a certain redneck mentality: they annihilated the Dems, Obama, Taylor Swift and even the Ebola nurse who refused to self-quarantine. They did it even as they smiled and while you might not have heard it, we southern folks get it: There was one of those silent “Bless their hearts” at the end. Flawless!