Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Primary Education

This presidential primary season drags on, and that's a good thing. They've been far too short lately.

The longer it goes on, and the more candidates stay in the fray, the more people who inhabit each party will see the ugly and deceptive fighting styles of their own champions -- except the one those people support.

Because the tactics will be the same one those fighters always use against the opposition. But now they will be turned inward in intra-party strife. Many Democrats will feel Hillary's icy shivs, or be smothered by Obama's rhetorical pillows. They will resent Bill Clinton's slick gyrations and John Kerry's feeble loyalties and John Edwards' faux outrage. Already some are complaining of Paul Krugman's monomania and duplicity, and Maureen Dowd's batty cattiness.

And that's just on the Democratic side. The same sort of thing is happening in the GOP, as evangelicals learn what the Hamiltonians have always said about them behind their backs, among other developments.

Soon enough, candidates will be chosen and the phalanxes will form up, and it will be back to politics as usual. But perhaps the more alert on both sides will touch those little scars from time to time and remember what it felt like to be on the receiving end of their allies' games.