Does anyone study Edna St. Vincent Millay anymore? I don’t recall reading her at school myself, but I’ve always liked this little rhyme:
My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –
It gives a lovely light.
I’m hoping my candle lasts the night, but I have to admit to being tired. Lord alone knows how, but my candle ended up with more than just two ends. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working full time, interrupted by taking my Mom to the doctor, playing host to my sister for several days (she was a lovely guest), taking care of my family, and having surgery. Pretty soon I’m going to develop some sort of dissociative disorder, because I’m functioning only by convincing myself that I’m having out-of-body experiences, and that it’s not really me trying to juggle all this stuff.
I know this will all get easier. My surgery is a thing of the past, my sister’s delightful visit is over, and the Mr. Conservative work is pacing itself better, but I still have this kind of vibrating anxiety following me around, since the clock is definitely not my friend. I keep waiting for some deux ex machina to emerge abruptly from backstage and save me from myself.
One of the things I haven’t had time for is leisurely blog and online newspaper reading. I’ve been so busy chasing specific headlines, I haven’t pursued my own interests. In a way, it’s rather nice, because the objects of my interest depress me. I do believe that the Obama administration has reached its tipping point. The bloom is off the rose, the media is no longer protecting him for the next election, and his sins (and his administration’s) are starting to find him out. Still, considering how powerful he is, I worry that his downfall will also be our downfall.
So let’s talk about something more cheerful (perhaps) than Obama.
What do you think of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz?
I have to admit that I am finding Rand Paul very intriguing. The same goes for Ted Cruz. I’ve promised myself that I won’t fall in love with a potential candidate this early in the game, but I’m certainly keeping an eye on these two. Ted Cruz is the intellectual side of the new conservativism, one that is somewhat libertarian in nature, while Rand Paul is the theatrical side. I tend to lean libertarian, but I disliked Ron Paul’s patent Israel hatred. Rand Paul has gone out of his way to try to show that he’s a friend to Israel. I don’t know if this is what he truly feels or a clever theatrical posture, but it’s a smart tactic.
So I ask again what you think of these two men who are big on the constitution, big on individual freedom, big on cost-cutting, unafraid of the Progressive establishment (especially the media), and, in Paul’s case, savvy enough to outflank the media?