The tortoise and the hare

You all know Aesop’s class tale of the race between the tortoise and the hare: At the starting gate, the hare picks up so much speed that it soon vanishes completely, while the tortoise plods on behind. Within sight of the finish line, however, when the hare looks backwards and realizes that the tortoise isn’t even in the same time zone, he decides to refresh himself with a little nap. As he sleeps, the tortoise, who has never slowed his steady pace, comes abreast of him, passes him and, before the hare has a chance to regroup, crosses the finish line, winning the race. Aesop’s moral: The race is not always to the swift.

Now tell me if that story doesn’t remind you of the current state of the Presidential race. Hillary and Obama, bickering all the way, were put on the fast track by the MSM. One after the other, each was anointed as the obvious successor to the disastrous George Bush. Neither could fail. Hillary had the unbeatable, overwhelming Clinton machine behind her; Obama had that indefinable charisma liberals lust after. McCain was shunted aside as an irrelevant old man.

Something interesting is happening, though. The bloom quickly faded from Hillary’s rose when the MSM fell in love with Obama. And while the MSM is still in love with Obama, Obama is struggling to deal with his own past. Absent any substantive political record, his associates and acolytes are coming under scrutiny, and it’s not a pretty picture. Whether he courted them or they courted him, they’re locked in an embrace on a pretty unappealing dance floor, and ordinary Americans are looking on Obama as an increasingly less attractive partner for a political romance.

Meanwhile, John McCain plods steadily on. He appears here, he appears there. He makes nice, quiet little speeches. He does what he has to do distance himself from George Bush, because he knows that, if he comes too close, he gets tarred with the BDS brush (or just with the “we’re sick of Bush in the White House after 8 painful years” brush.) As to this distancing, I’m betting that George Bush, being a gentleman, a pragmatist, and a politician, if he spoke with McCain, would say something along the lines of “Do what you have to do to win, Buddy-Boy. It won’t hurt my feelings.”

So, despite the fact that Hillary and Obama hurtled out of the starting gate, and have been helped with big, big pushes from their sycophants in the media, I’m wondering if they’re not going to be forced into something analogous to nap mode as they near the finish line. They’re being shackled by the garbage that’s being dug up about them, as well as by the fact that, under stress, his charm fails and her scolding increases. Meanwhile, McCain just keeps moving forward, slowly, steadily and, perhaps, inexorably.

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  • rockdalian

    You do have to marvel at both of their abilities to raise huge sums of money.
    Maybe by the time Obama is selected, the major donors will be at the cap limit.

  • Oldflyer

    McCain may not hurt GWB’s feelings, but I cannot say the same for me. Rationally, I know, or hope, that he has to be better than either of the alternatives. Intellectually, I had convinced myself that I needed to vote for him. But now I am figuratively grinding my teeth at the thought of marking a ballot beside his name.

    Standing in New Orleans and heaping trash on the Bush Administration one more time over Katrina is a hell of lot more than distancing himself from W. Attacking the North Carolina GOP for an ad that goes to the heart of Obama’s character is nothing more than pandering, I said pandering, to the left. That is what McCain does best. He panders and everyone call it playing the maverick.

    Clearly, he takes the rest of us very much for granted. He may get a nasty surprise. I sent him a message and told him that my vote may stay in my pocket for the first time in 51 years. If he keeps this up I don’t expect to be a lonely holdout.

  • Ymarsakar

    The fable also tells the moral lesson that having guts and determination, ala in Iraq and Vietnam, counts far more than initial start up costs, mistakes, slowness, or setbacks.

    People who give up, aren’t ever going to win, no matter how much of a head start they acquired because they had “American firepower” or “intelligence”.

    People are born with innate intelligence, an ability to solve immediate problems, but it is only by plodding along with grim determination that people acquire the trait of the tortoise, which is not so much patience as applying all of yourself all of the time. Only then will you gain the ability to solve long term problems.

    Democrats look at the history of America and say “it’s time to take a vacation from history and give all of ourselves a raise and some paid vacation time”. That’s not exactly a wise choice to make when you are in a race to see who lives and who dies on this continuum of civilizations and cultures.

  • Al

    There is not question that McCain views life from the left fringe of the Republican Party. But he will win the Presidency because his current potential opponent views life from the left fringe of creation. We have to wash our hands after pulling the lever for McCain, and then repeatedly write, speak, and broadcast the truth, as the Chairwoman of the North Carolina State Republican Committee is doing. I think I’ll send her a check, and then send a photocopy to both the New Jersey State Republican Committee, and the National Committee.

  • Danny Lemieux

    North Carolina Republicans behaved stupidly in running the anti-Obama ad. It’s an adage of sound strategy that you never interfere when your opponents are in the process of destroying each other. That being said, I would have thought that McCain could have made his point with a private phone call. McCain is absolutely right to insist in staying above the fray.

  • Mike Devx

    Al says,
    “There is not question that McCain views life from the left fringe of the Republican Party.”

    Al do you really think John McCain should be lumped in with Lincoln Chafee?

    To me, McCain is a strange mix of highly conservative positions, highly moderate positions, and occasional forays into leftisms that are prompted by his natural instincts for occasional demagoguery and populism. He can’t be pigeonholed.

    The fear would be, I guess, is that he has absolutely no overarching political philosophy or umbrella? On every issue he arrives at a position in isolation as to whether he’ll be conservative, moderate, or liberal?

    But on a very large number of issues he falls squarely into a very conservative line…

    Having said that, McCain is going to leave a large number of conservatives very unenthused, and unexcited. Worse, many single-issue voters, especially in the areas of faith and abortion, will find him dangerous. His strength will be in the anti-Obama or anti-Clinton vote, and in the “independent middle”, people with no political beliefs of any sort who just want someone they like and feel comfortable with. (These people are kind of sad to me – just ask them what they BELIEVE in…)