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Ultimately, the saddest aspect of the political exchange is what we lose as a nation. The bungled response effort has more to do with our collective inability to tackle major problems. The tone of the debate taking place now, as the oil spreads, actually admits to a national incompetence.
While we look for tea party leaves on the federal scale, we may be missing an accumulated state and local assault that could be more elusive than our November predictions. And maybe that's the point. As Sun Tzu wrote: "Deceive the heavens to cross the ocean." We shouldn't underestimate it.
Political hacks, cats and assorted lords of the polemic chattering class wished hard for an intense electoral drama worthy of an HBO movie plot and were all too pleased. “Mini Super Tuesday,” unveiled by observers like the latest craze at a car show, did not disappoint with its brimful of full throttle primary rage and potent predictions well into November.
Investors, Wall Street analysts and that class of individual living in the bubble of market-forces-know-best appear befuddled by the lack of rising gas prices in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. We can assume they’re itching for a reason to get us paying over $4 per gallon this summer.