When you suspend your campaign you become more visible. When you cancel an appearance on a late night talk show to appear on the nightly news you serve up the tastiest comedy of the evening. When you return to Washington to do whatever you can to work out a deal, you wind up derailing the deal.
Yep, everything is working as expected. You are at the center of your universe. Opposite World. Where your campaign team is a veritable who's who of Washington power, influence, ethical contradictions with all the earmarks of a licentious cabal, it's only natural that you campaign as the maverick reformer.
War is peace, black is white, up is down, rich is poor, banks rob people, all pigs are fed and ready to fly.
ONLY in a world such as this could this race be a dead heat. In such a world, you can say you will not debate your opponent as long as there is injustice in the world and get away with it. You can avoid your past, your record, your speeches, your reputation and with only slightly cartoonish contortions you can even run against yourself. You can run as the outsider against your 40 year record in public life. You can pick a den mother from Alaska as your running mate and rewrite her bio to make her worldly and astute.
Inside is outside, wrong is right, spending is saving, anger is love, bad is good, weak is strong, bullshit is truth.
And half the people are right there with you, because they live in opposite world too. They are able to look at the outcome of conservative rule and blame liberals.
They can see all the evidence of arrogant greed and blame the poor. They suspended disbelief, and in their world that is all that mattered. All that existed.
Such people will not willingly return to the real world. They will believe anything. Except the truth, because the truth is just too horrible.
Friday, September 26, 2008