The hallmark of genius and wisdom within postmodern conservatism is the intellectual subscriber's capacity to recognize, with Nietzsche-like accuracy, the degree of subtlety and depth of power that goes into our clever creations of reality itself. Made in the divine image, ours is the capacity to bring forth into the world things that are either real or aren't -- and we, during our brief time on Earth, are the most basic arbiters of what reality is. God has given us a set of instructions and guides, but the rationality we thought once might settle it all has come up a little short in the face of our bad modernist ability to make things seem, or even be, real and unreal at the same time. That is, we learned how to stipulate both that a thing is and isn't so, and then to use the oscillation between those two stipulations to generate mutually contradictory law-like propositions (if-then statements) from which we proceed to leverage attacks on other realities and phony realities.
The anguished cries of Hillary supporters pierced the midday calm here on Saturday, as Barack Obama confirmed that his vice presidential choice was not Clinton, who got about 18 million votes this year running against him, but rather Joe Biden, who gained the support of a few thousand caucusgoers in Iowa before dropping out of the race.
(OK, I didn’t personally hear any anguished cries from my work space near the Pepsi Center. But I’m an empathetic guy — I felt as if I could hear them.)
A modest suggestion to my justifiably outraged Democratic friends: Hillary’s name should be placed in nomination not for the presidency (Obama won that more or less fair and square)--but for the vice presidency. It would be an interesting roll call vote.
If you’re conscientiously pro-life, you will have reservations about a pro-abortion-rights V.P. If you’re a proud conservative, Lieberman hasn’t been one. If you’re a loyal Republican, you’d much prefer someone from within the ranks.
But if you’re pro-life, conservative and/or Republican, you certainly don’t want Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running the country. If a McCain-Lieberman ticket is the best way to thwart that prospect, you could probably learn to live with it — even perhaps to like it.