The hardworking staff trundled down to the Global Worldwide Headquarters earlier today to open the old mailbag, and what poured out but a letter from Mitt Romney.
O frabjous day! Calloou! Callay!
The letter started out:
Dear Fellow Republican,
My friends at the Republican National Committee are working hard [!] to hone our plan to win back the White House, strengthen our majority in te U.S. House, and recapture the majority in the U.S. Senate.
We already know what President Obama wants this campaign to be about: anything but his failed liberal record. Now we want to know what hard-working [!] Americans like you want this campaign to be about.
As one of our country’s most active Republicans, you have been chosen to take part in the RNC’s 2012 Presidential Issues Survey . . .
At which point the hardworking [!] staff stopped reading , since the survey is just a ruse to extract money from us, and anyway we’re hardly “one of our country’s most active Republicans,” not to get technical about it.
But the whole “want this campaign to be about” booshwah got us to thinking about this piece from Politico:
For years, operatives, reporters and potential nominees envisioned the 2012 presidential campaign as a titanic clash of media-swarmed combatants with big ideas about the future. In the Republican primaries, this was almost a mantra: this is the most important campaign in a generation.
So why does it feel so small?
Dating to the beginning of the cycle, 2012 has unfolded so far as a grinding, joyless slog, falling short in every respect of the larger-than-life personalities and debates of the 2008 campaign.
There have been small-ball presidential campaigns before, but veteran strategists and observers agree this race is reaching a record degree of triviality. Nothing previously can compare with a race being fought hour by hour in 140-character Twitter increments and blink-and-you-miss-it cable segments. Not to mention an endless flood of caustic television ads.
(See here for further details on caustic TV spots.)
The consensus was that 2010 qualified as the Seinfeld election, a series of campaigns about nothing.
So what do we call an election about less than nothing?
How about Waiting for Godot.