There's no other title for it.
I mean, I'm a creative person, and a sometimes funny person, but even creative people sometimes look at a thing and make the jerking off motion because that's all they've got.
The year and a half of politics leading up to the good part (the part where you vote for the President of the United States if you happen to be a citizen) is going to be especially stupid this time.
In some ways, I want to embrace the stupidity. I mean...good comedy, right?
I mean, it's funny, in the right hands, but mine are tired hands. As a person who lives here and a person with a over-abundance of empathy, I am ultimately forced to think about this stuff and the thinking leaves me exhausted. My brain is just wired to do it. I tend to think about All The People, like I believe our current President should, and does.
I am physically uncomfortable listening to people...being assholes to other people.
(Of course, your mileage may vary--I'm a Whitey McWhite Girl living in
the Middle North, and there are likely plenty of people I've never heard
of with very real issues I know nothing about, but yes, as soon as I
hear about it, they live there too. With The All. In my brain.)
I've been in public relations a long time, and I've watched American politics a long time. My bold statement is this: You cannot be elected President in this country unless people think you are a good guy (or gal...). That means...you have to relate to what they are going through. You must have empathy. It is an absolute must, and it is nearly impossible to fake.
Because I firmly believe that you cannot be elected President of the United States without displaying empathy, I know that the billions of dollars, and hours upon hours of time being spent to parade these 17 people around is being completely and utterly wasted.
I want to clarify what I just said there. I'm sure that each of the individual candidates, in their own space, at home with their families, etc. is probably smart, and nice, and civil to others, or maybe a jokester or family cut-up who makes breakfast for their spouse or takes good care of their families and friends...but that's not what they are selling.
What they are selling is..."I'm an asshole, and an asshole is what you need."
It simply is not true. It has never, ever been true.
There has not been one time in my life where I have needed one outside of my own personal anus, so...I call bullshit on the whole GOP field right now. Rubio is about the closest thing to a non-asshole they've got, if you ever listen to him in a one-on-one situation, but, how's he doing? Not as well as a perceived non-asshole should be.
So, my media friends will get richer, and comedians will do well, but what's in it for the rest of us?
Zip, because the scenario that puts one of them in the White House involves several people having to DIE first, or otherwise be rendered unable to compete. That's how much of a long shot we're talking about, here.
Thankfully the bullshit is getting more and more obvious every time--thanks Celebrity Candidates! You're really driving the point home about how it is all just for show--but for now we still have to go through it, most of us holding our noses the whole way through.
And thank you Social Media for keeping it funny so we can at least laugh about it. And the Daily Show, and Nightly Show, and all of the other sources of sanity I'll rely on until next November when I nerd out with Maddow on election night.
Til then...just a girl, making the jerk-off gesture over here (which, I suppose, since I'm a girl, looks like I'm offering, but whatever...), because that's all I've got for this bunch.