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Not cool: The thrill is gone, the party is over

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

The election is at hand and the nostalgic strolls already have begun.

Light-headed, tingly Obamatrons have their feet back on the ground - have for quite some time - as they navigate along memory lane, journeying back to 2008 when the appropriate theme song might have been Beyonce’s rendition of At Last.

“At last, my love has come along …
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known … “

On the eve of Election Night 2012, the formerly love struck must be hearing a different tune in their conflicted heads, experiencing different lyrical sentiments. Maybe Sinatra doing Send In The Clowns (”Don’t bother, they’re here”). Or, Peggy Lee rhetorically asking, Is That All There Is?

“Let’s break out the booze and have a ball, if that’s all there is.”

Champagne tastes better when it’s sweet nectar mixed with tears, but not so good blended with bile. They popped the symbolic corks in Chicago’s Grant Park in November 2008, and we’re informed by recent media reports that some pricey bubbly and other vintage grape juice has been flowing inside the White House ever since. Elsewhere, the partying has long since stopped.

The intoxicating Obama victory four years ago became an unexpected catalyst for a vicious hangover. We’ve watched a hopeful throng slowly transform (there’s that word again) into a violent, angry, hopeless mob of occupiers, desperate unionized entitlement addicts and, in recent days, betrayed and neglected victims of nature’s wrath. Where’s that elusive dream they’d called their own?

A Chicago Tribune columnist tried to capture this overwhelming nostalgia in her Sunday rendering but somehow, unintentionally one suspects, she penned an obituary instead. It’s over, if and when Mitt Romney wins, of course. Yet for many who trudge to their polling place on Tuesday and defiantly pull the lever, or touch the screen, for Obama, it’s still over. Send in the clowns, there ought to be clowns.

Here’s how Tribune writer Mary Schmich tried to make sense of the chasm between the mood in November 2008 and the emptiness today:

“When I pulled the old newspapers out the other day, I noticed that they’d begun to yellow and stiffen with age. The story they told, of liberation and opportunity, in Chicago and beyond, seemed dated, too, though the headline that begins “Harsh economic, political realities” could just as easily be written today.”

Obama was going to be as fresh as the ink in a printing press. He was going to do things that Presidents have never done. Not necessarily because he is a man of color, a political Jackie Robinson, the first black president, but because he was a man of destiny. “A sort of God,” a Newsweek editor informed television viewers.

Schmich remembers it vividly: “How fresh and undefended the newly anointed president seemed, despite the bulletproof glass, invisible via TV, that flanked him as he walked onto the Grant Park stage … to meet all those upturned faces, all those tears. At last.”

When you try to cast politics and the serious work politicians are called on to do in a surreal light, in an otherworldly context, history has shown, the inevitable wake-up call is brutal. Gods turn out to be dictators, bad guys, small men who end up cowering in a hole, or being dragged through the streets, or, in civilized places like these United States, thrown out of office. Unelected. False gods make false promises.

The dream of Barack Obama, the dream that millions of people were sure they could speak to, and call their own, was ultimately just another dream. It ended. When it was time to go to work, the dream didn’t show up.

Green jobs? Dream jobs? How about (still) very few jobs?

“No one should be surprised that the magic of Grant Park four years ago has given way to more complicated moods,” Schmich reminds her Tribune readers. “Magic, like all forms of romance, is not built to last.”

That’s right, President Obama, you didn’t build that — that mythical, fairness-driven paradise we’re still waiting for. That wizard, David Axelrod, built a false narrative. It’s not your fault. It’s our …

In reality, Obama voters are not going to take the fall for their guy but Schmich is right about one thing. Regardless of how or why it happened, Obamania has “given way to more complicated moods,” mostly dark and restless. That’s what makes Tuesday so monumental.

In 2008, millions of Americans went all-in on a brand, a carefully crafted marketing campaign that pushed all of the emotional buttons. It felt like an uprising, a revolt, an overthrow of something. No matter what it really was, they liked how it felt, how Obama talked, even how he walked. He was the man who would be President - of their United States.

“The coolest presidential candidate America had ever seen,” writes Victor Davis Hanson.

But candidates are sometimes actually elected, which is not inconsequential if the election is to the highest office in the land. On that November day in 2008 Obama became, presumably, our coolest President ever, which was fine for a while. The fate of the cool kids in high school comes to mind.

On Tuesday, a lot of people who voted for a cool President four years ago will join millions more who did not in casting a vote for Mitt Romney. They will do it for partisan and ideological reasons, but also for a more basic reason. The respected Charles Krauthammer says this an election to determine no less than “the relation between citizen and state”.

To remain a place where the state answers to the citizen, America desperately needs an adult in the Oval Office. We need leadership, maturity, and statesmanship. We need an economic strategy. We need an energy strategy. We need respect for the rule of law. We need tax reform. We need a balanced budget. These are challenges for grown-ups, not reality TV stars.

Obama is going to lose on Tuesday because the party in Grant Park was a sham, and everybody knows it and, beyond that, because more and more Americans are willing to admit it.

At last.

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