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Topic: Great article on political landscape, by David Simon, Producer of The Wire< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Barack Obama and the Death of Normal.

David Simon's a great writer and producer; his series, The Wire is one of the best things I've seen.

Excellent article.

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I enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing.

Some of the more salient points:

The America in which it was otherwise is dying, thank god, and those who relied on entitlement and division to command power will either be obliged to accept the changes, or retreat to the gated communities from which they wish to wax nostalgic and brood on political irrelevance.

Never mind Obama. If Romney had won this election, our government would be just as broken. It is the legislative branch that remains an epic systems failure.

We are all the other now, in some sense. Special interests? That term has no more meaning in the New America. We are all — all of us, every last American, even the whitest of white guys — special interests. And now, normal isn’t white or straight or Christian. There is no normal


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His new series is "Treme". It is about New Orleans after Katrina. Worth checking out. "The Wire" is some of the best stuff ever on TV.
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That is a great piece. I think he nails the single most important difference between the parties:

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You want to lead in America? Find a way to be entirely utilitarian — to address the most problems on behalf of the most possible citizens. That works. That matters. Last night, it mattered just enough to overcome the calcified political calculations of men who think that 47 percent will vote against them because they are victims, or that 53 percent are with them because the rest of us vote only from self-interest and without regard for the republic as a whole. It was a closer contest than common sense and the spirit of a truly great nation should dictate. But unless these white guys who have peddled “normal” for so long — normal as in racial majority, normal as in religious majority, normal as in sexual orientation — unless they have a hard moment of self-reflection and self-awareness, well, it will not be this close again.

Whether you agree or disagree with the Democrats on any given issue, on the whole they really are trying "to address the most problems on behalf of the most possible citizens".  I don't think anyone can say that about the Republicans.


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