Public Policy Polling argues that because 2010 Democratic candidates seem lackluster now, there may be a conservative trend among independents that will help Republicans in that vaunted year to come. Methinks this is all speculation, based on the defection of bruised Republicans to independent ranks, and the assumption that they will return to the roost anon.
Well maybe yes and maybe no.
READ THE PPP SPECULATION
It is said that the President’s second choice of an occupation was/is architecture. We are building something new. Maybe all things will be new, who knows?
I do know there are the following mountains the President must cross before any assumptions about 2010 will make a modicum of sense.
1. FISCAL — the debt must appear manageable and controlled.
2. RIGHTS — we must have had our Watergate moment with the Bush criminals.
3. ECONOMY — the nation must learn how to chug along not being a gross consumer society but more the sort of post-predatory society that Veblen may have dreamed of on good days. Somehow people must feel a better and more stable day is nigh.
4. HEALTH — not merely light at the end of the health care reform tunnel, but a sense of control in a world rife with health dangers including the current flu scare.
5. GREEN — I doubt that this will be settled beyond the retrofitting stage by 2010 but the consensus must exist for more and better public things and less private things like cars and single family metrosprawl homes.
6. TERROR must be defeated not merely in its present guises but as a concept that can coexist with a mature and civilized world.
This is just off the top of my addled pate. The idea that we can predict 2010 is absurd. We can work for it though. And that is the task of the bestirring Obama movement, which is giving a few happy signs of wakening to the enormity if the tasks before us. Happily the President is a wakeful person who figured things out a whole back.