Oh dear, this voter-suppression business is a dreadful one, in that I already need to add to my roster of voters whose votes are in urgent need of suppression. Give me an inch ...
This time, though, the desirable suppression is rather narrow. Sportswriters. Nay, Pulitzer Prize–winning sportswriters. Nay, Pulitzer Prize–winning sportswriters for the Daily Beast. And just in case there's more than one of them, every Pulitzer Prize–winning sportswriter for the Daily Beast who goes by the infantile name of Buzz Bissinger.
Buzz is 58, so maybe his "Why I’m Voting for Mitt Romney" is only a sign of early dementia, or, because of the recent ref outage, temporary insanity. Whatever. All we can know for sure--and all that matters--is that on the matter of Obama vs. Romney Buzz has one of his more critically located screws loose. I say this not out of malice (as he most unfairly accuses us), but out of pity.
I won't point-by-point rebut Buzz's mystery thinking here; his column all too pathetically speaks for, and embarrasses, itself. It is, as Buzz himself suspects in one of his rare lucid moments, "naive." But here's a taste of what muddled Bissingerian thinking looks like:
I am not sure Obama really wants to be president in any practical way. He hates the rolling up of sleeves and schmoozing that is politics. I respect his principles, the way he does not veer from them, but politics is not principle whether we like it or not. It is friendliness and compromise.
Clearly, Buzz has read no parts of the newspapers for the last four years but the sports section. Pragmatism--practicality--has been the overarching hallmark of the Obama administration, and the most relentless criticism from which this president has suffered has been that aimed pointedly at his inexhaustible efforts at ... compromise.
As to what Buzz means by "friendliness," I haven't a clue.
Buzz, do us a huge favor. Stay home on November 6th. Watch another ballgame, or write another column on the complexities of the infield fly rule. Because the simplicity of politics has proven too much for you.