Eugene Robinson and Joan Walsh were on Ed Schultz's show tonight and the three of them commiserated about Obama's need to "fire up the base." While I didn't find their exhortation flawed in any specific way, I did find it generally depressing.
Why would any reasonably well informed, reasonably "progressive" base require external motivation to get to the polls November 6 to prevent, if nothing else, another political Pearl Harbor?
To even have to ask ... The latent apathy and adolescent fastidiousness that are chronically at the ready to swamp the collective mind of the modern left is nothing short of appalling.
It's not motivation enough that Mitt Romney is threatening to militarily molest half the globe and potentially commit all but five young American men to their neoconservative deaths? It's not enough motivation that Romney & Sidekick are plotting the vastest upward concentration of ungodly wealth in the history of this already grossly plutocratic America? It's not enough that this evil little clown of a far-right Huey Long would doom the uninsured to years more of sporadic, wildly expensive care--if any?
In short it's not enough that all the depraved, wretched obscenities of the contemporary GOP could be back in the White House? That singularly horrifying spectre isn't sufficient motivation for the left, all by itself?
I don't disagree with Eugene, Joan and Ed. But Mr. President, if you really do need to "fire up the base" to save itself from an easily foreseen national catastrophe of the first order, you've got to wonder about their fundamental smarts, no?