The Candidate on the Edge of Forever
I see that Driftglass has just used the title above in the subheading of a recent Hillary-bashing post (which — with no apparent irony — describes Hillary on the wrong end of this transaction: "And where there is no villain, one must be created, and imbued with motives sinister enough and powers wicked enough to explain why the hero is losing," a phrase which could scarcely better capture The Unityville Express, circa post-NH primary).
For me, this title invokes a nightmare. And here's why....
Call me a liar, because after all, I am a Hillary supporter, but I've had a draft post titled "Candidate on the Edge of Forever" kicking around for over a month now, one of several items I've left unpublished while trying in vain to extricate myself from this FSM-forsaken primary.
For those who don't remember "City," it's one of the most famous first-gen "Star Trek" episodes.
In it, Captain Kirk falls in love with a pacifist woman in the 1930s. In the timeline that we all live in, she is hit by a car and dies. In the timeline where Kirk intervenes to save her, she convinces America to delay its entry into WWII... and the Nazis win. (Harlan Ellison-fan prophylactic: he was most unhappy with the script revisions, but that's a rough synopsis of the episode as shot, IIRC).
This narrative calls to mind the devastating inaptness of running on a "post-partisanship" frame at a time when the disastrous Reagan Revolution, a movement that has cost us so incredibly much was finally beginning to be repudiated.
In the abstract, a farewell to "partisan bickering" sounds just lovely. But how anyone who's been blogging against Bush these many years doesn't feel sick to his or her stomach while listening to a candidate spew pretty, disempowering lies about the causes of America's current decay is just beyond me.
Yes, I know that Hillary, too, is a centrist who prides herself on "reaching across the aisle." It's why she was not my first choice in this campaign. But when she speaks, she speaks with pride of FDR's party, while Obama so often defers to the other party's "ideas."