So here’s my capper, since I’ve had two beers and I’m feeling sleepy.
If there was any drawback to the Obama years for Democrats, it’s that his inspirational leadership convinced a whole lot of young voters and future voters that what Democrats needed to win was a movement, a shining star of inspiration and motivation. And that’s great stuff, but so very rare.
And this summer, John McCain hobbled out of the Senate cloak room, walked up to the clerk, and simply put his thumb down.
And with that very simple gesture, here’s the message delivered. Inspirational leaders and motivated grand movements are terrific…but they don’t happen that often. And what works just as well is competent, functional leaders who understand policy and issues and act accordingly; that sometimes you just need a politician who recognizes right from wrong and is willing to just put a thumb down to stop the madness.
Today a huge number of people turned out in Virginia to vote for a guy who’s about as exciting as unbuttered toast, not because he’s inspiring or motivating, but because he seems like a guy who’s going to pay attention to science, who’s going to respectfully represent women, minorities, and the disabled, work to get people healthcare, and try to find jobs for people who need them.
And so I hope that tonight’s message to potential voters on the left is that sometimes that’s all you really, actually need.