I noted earlier that, until Obama does actual substantive things (as opposed to gaffes about Nancy Reagan or threats to reinstate drilling bans), I feel I have little to say. Jay Nordlinger sums up perfectly the way I feel right now, living in post-election limbo-land:
My reaction to last week’s election is one of the least important things in the world. But some readers have asked for it, so I thought I’d scribble a lil’ column. I’m hesitant, though, for two reasons.
First, I wrote about the election for months and even years. I particularly wrote about the consequences — bad — of an Obama victory. What am I supposed to do now? Say, “Just kidding”? “It won’t be as bad as all that”? “Never mind”? I’m afraid I can’t be as blasé, or chipper, as some other conservatives. I have an anxious feeling, and long have.
That’s exactly right. I have inchoate fears right now, based on almost two years of watching Obama at work, and being quite worried about him, his agenda, his cohorts and his followers. But until something happens, that’s all those fears will be: inchoate.
Right now, I’m doing something I haven’t done too much in the last few years: I’m hunkering down in the real world, and trying to get a little emotional distance from the intellectual excitement of politics. In the car, I listen to music, not Rush or Sean. In the morning, I rush off to a client, and assiduously resist the temptation to check the news every twenty minutes. In the evening, I go to martial arts, rather than sitting hunched over my computer (although today I have enough work to keep me hunched at my computer until the wee hours, so I’m taking a lovely little break with this post).
I’m not disinterested in politics, and I certainly don’t intend to stop blogging, but I’m taking advantage of this lame duck period to replenish myself. With that same anxious feeling Nordlinger has, I suspect it’s going to be a long and intense two (four? six? eight?) years for conservative bloggers, so now is the time to take some my vitamins and rest my brain.