I don’t know what’s worse about this horrible presidential election, that it’s been going on for so long, or that it has so much more time to go.
But I think Dan Levine’s cynical take on one of the Democratic primary debates gets it about right. It’s a meaningless spectacle that will have no real bearing on any of our lives.
Political debates are, for me anyhow, a bit like the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Let me explain.
Some of you might be too young or too old to fully appreciate the empty momentum with which Napoleon Dynamite swept the cultural landscape of the young suburban idlers at the time of its release. Maybe you were in a better cultural milieu and were spared. I wasn’t. I was at ground zero, Napoleon Dynamite-wise. I was living in Saratoga Springs, NY, 94% white as of the last census. I was going to high school at the time. I had no interest in the film when it came out; I was too busy proselytizing the American independent film movement and generally being cinematically insufferable.
I’m not saying I am or was above engaging with Napoleon Dynamite here; though of course the subtext of such a claim is that I was and am…
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