October 30th, 2010


Thanks to the Rallyers

I couldn't make it myself, but it should be said: thank you to the folks who made the trek to Washington today. A lot of pundits tried to brush the Rally as an exercise in cynicism, but the reverse was quite clearly true: this was the most sincere expression of the romantic streak in politics -- the part that believes that there is such a thing as civility and, yes, humor in the public sphere, not just yelling louder than the other guy -- that I've seen in a while. It's a statement that needed to be made, and it was made well. So my thanks to all of you.

(This is only underscored as I sit here, trying to watch an evening news that is saturated by ugly political ads from both sides, that are filled with largely baseless accusations, each one shriller than the one before. It's pretty clear to me where the real cynicism is these days...)