We’ve all seen it sometime or other, haven’t we? The wimpy, pathetic guy who dogs the pretty girl, following her around, buying her lunch, helping with her computer, giving her show tickets… all in the hope that someday she will realize in a flash of revelation that HE is the man for her, the one she’s been looking for all her life! Meanwhile she dates the quarterback and makes the nerd accompany her to football games, where he stands around sullenly holding her books while she cheers for her man.
And the day comes when his patience is rewarded. The dream girl is furious with the quarterback. He spends too much time at practice and on road trips; he has to study hard to keep up his GPA and she feels neglected; and he’s been seen laughing with one of the cheerleaders. Clearly he needs to be taught a lesson. So she goes on a couple of dates with the nerd, and makes sure the quarterback sees them cuddling in the stands at a football game.
The nerd is in transports of pimply hubris. He has won! Victory is his! The girl of his dreams has finally seen his sterling qualities and realized she’s been wrong all this time. Her charms will be his, and his alone. He is HOT!! He struts. He brags. He sneers and mocks the quarterback, publicly referring to him as a “pathetic loser.”
But we all know how this story ends, don’t we?
I am constantly baffled by the triumphal, arrogant approach of Republicans to this election. Do they really think anybody is choosing them because of their ‘policies’? These Republican victories will be nothing but a classic rejection of the party in power during a time of high unemployment. Congressional Democrats still enjoy an average 5-point advantage over their Republican counterparts in national approval ratings, and the president has just surged to 54% on a Newsweek poll published yesterday. In late September Gallup asked people who were planning to vote Republican why they had made that decision, and allowed them to frame their own answer. 16% liked their own candidate, and 6% said they were specifically voting for Republican ideas and policies. Others volunteered something related to wanting to send a message, always voting Republican, not happy with the way things are going, and so forth.
This is no sweeping, widespread embrace of right-wing governance. It is a protest vote, pure and simple. As soon as the economic climate begins to improve, the electorate will once again reject the people who have no new ideas, no feel for governing and no plans for the country except to “take it back”. And those reactionary, intrusive social policies they are unwittingly voting for will attempt to do that very thing.
Face it, wingers. She may be willing to go out with you just this one time as a way to show the other guy she’s seriously mad at him. But don’t get too full of yourselves.
Really, she’s just not that into you.