Yesterday’s Brush

Once when the old man was young, he thought he was stronger than anyone.  He was laughably wrong.  He was a skinny kid with an ego the size of the planet, but strong?  Not really.  He wonders now what that kid would think of the man that he has become. Would he look at him doing his job and think he must be strong?  Would he laugh and say he was better than that?

No way to know.  The old man thought this, and realized it was a silly thought, and let it go.


So when I started writing this old man thing, taking the old man motif to heart, I was trying to flesh out a character for a book.

I still am.

I need to do a fair bit more though.


The old man read the news.  For him it was a form of entertainment.  He looked at the news in much the way that younger people look at  reality television,  except maybe for the fact that the news was in fact reality and not non-scripted drama.  That might be wrong, but he was more than willing to be wrong on this one.  He saw news as reality to some extent,though it is in fact both non-scripted and drama, not intentionally so.

The news he was reading was spun, so it had more in common with reality television.  It was political news, and is real entertainment, much more so than all other news.  The old man usually got a laugh at it most days, and this day was no different.  Lots of news about Mitt Romney, about having to “recalibrate” his campaign among other headlines.  The old man looked at this and thought “He didn’t think there would be a fight this tough, this guy reminds me of Hillary Clinton in 2008.  But he isn’t running against anyone as good as Obama was back then, so he still has a chance.”

Then the old man realized that part of the problem with any of the analogies that he was tempted to use, like calling Romney this cycles Hillary Clinton, make a very common mistake.  The mistake was of trying to make today’s reality fit our view of yesterday’s world.  It just doesn’t work.

He knows this is 2012, not 2008. Yesterday matters, but not so much that we should paint today with yesterday’s brush.

Mitt Romney is not the ex-wife of a former President, and a very popular one at that, nor is he an ex-senator.  Nor is his main opponent at this point a substitute for the sitting President circa 2008.   Santorum is not a Hawaiian, nor does he have a white mother and a black father, nor is he fighting the most liberal man in America label.

The old man thought it was funny that Romney has to recalibrate, and that the first thing he thought was he was like Hillary Clinton.

But he left it at that.  He stopped reading the news, one story was enough.  He had things to do, entertainment is for when there are no things to do, and he had things to do.


I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.

Mitt Romney, 1994


That’s it from here, America.  G’night.


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