Okay, I know politics can be ugly - as Paul Simon says on his extremely good new album So Beautiful Or So What - and it can also be infuriating.
But it's not just politics that has me infuriated, it's the fact that some writers and TV personalities don't seem to understand how politics works.
In my local paper this morning I, again, had to read some claptrap about how Barack Obama seemed like a "genius" when he was running for office but has come up short of being "the perfect president". Duh!
First of all I doubt Obama would ever claim to be a genius. And, given the realities he inherited and has been dealt since, how could anyone in his position ever be the perfect president?
But still this shit gets written and disseminated - largely because we now have too many hours of airtime and too many pages and web pages of news to fill. And too many men and women who will say just about anything to see their names beneath a headline.
I'd like to take this opportunity to explain something that many on the left, liberal, call-it-what-you-will side of the political divide need to understand:
NEXT NOVEMBER BARACK OBAMA WILL BE YOUR CANDIDATE. That is not in question. The only question is would you rather he be allowed to continue to fight for equality and fairness in this country for four more years - perfect or not - or be replaced by one of the embarassingly bad Republican choices?
We all know the saying, "Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line." We certainly fell in love with Barack Obama. And sometimes love makes us demand more than is humanly possible from another human being. Personally I think Obama has done a fine job - his one failing being that he took too long to realize that his opposition would truly risk the future of this country simply to see him out of office. Obstructionism has been taken to new heights - or I should say lows - by John Boehner and Eric Cantor. Obama thought that he'd be dealing with honest, repsectable Americans who had the good of the nation at heart. Of course he was wrong and took a little too long to see it. But he sees it now.
It's the second part of that phrase we should be worried about. Because even if the final nominee on the Republican side were to be a clown like Herman Cain (and he truly is a clown!) Republicans who simply yearn to be in power will immediately line up as instructed and vote for him. They'll do the same whether it's Romney (who might as well be a cardboard cutout of a human being) or Perry (who makes George Bush look smart).
Anyone - not just registered Democrats - who does not want to see any of these preposterous choices end up in the White House needs to realize they have ONLY ONE OTHER CHOICE. Even if he's not yet "the perfect president" he will be the name on the ballot.
So, please, start helping him to become the perfect president, or closer to it, rather than wishing for the dream figure you fell in love with. The hot passion of the initial infatuation may be over...now it's a marriage. And just like in a good marriage you support your partner through good and bad.
If we don't learn this by next November we cannot complain when we have another Clown-In-Chief.
It's not as if we don't know how that works out.