For the latest in the historically unaware, the pretentiously smug and the realistically unanchored, you simply must shop the NY Times' Frank Bruni. Today. You won't regret it. You also may not believe it, but you won't regret it. It's that entertainingly shallow.
Bruni, you see, just wants us to get along, no matter who wins Tuesday. Because, as Bruni counsels in a pompously therapeutic way, "it would ... be the mature thing to do." Yes, mature, even if the adolescent, bullying, Nixonian gangster Mitt Romney were to win by hook or by crook (which he most emphatically will not, but that's another story). Let's do be "mature." Let's "give him the benefit of the doubt."
Because, says Bruni in so many words, both sides have neglected this virtuous m.o for too long. The result: nastiness, gridlock and polarization.
Now, you probably find yourself asking, Did the Dems reject Bruni's suggested m.o. under President Reagan? And you answer yourself, Well, no. Did they reject it under President George H.W. Bush? Well, no. Did they reject it under George W. Bush? Again, no. Did congressional Democrats not work with Reagan and the two Bushes, only to find that congressional Republicans would be altogether intransigent under the Democratic administrations of Clinton and Obama? Yes. Absolutely.
So, Bruni's conclusion? Both sides have behaved immaturely for lo these many years; both sides have "hunker[ed] down to fight and foil[ed] the victor"; and both sides are guilty of "perpetuat[ing] the political dysfunction in a country being steadily diminished by it."
My dear Mr. Bruni: a splendid career awaits you--a career in the world of writing civics textbooks. There you can pirouette in perfectly ordered utopias and tiptoe through some Fantasyland's loviest of republican daisies and amuse the innocent children. There you can bathe and luxuriate in what the clinically untethered call idealism. Here, in the real world, we call it insufferable garbage.