Lowered Expectations

readmypetgoatWell, it’s the morning after and it feels like it.  I keep hoping I’ll be wrong about what just happened and will happen, but I have a feeling I may not.  Let’s just say I’m expecting quite a few “The Pet Goat” moments during the next few years.  I didn’t watch the acceptance speech because the wine and the cold medicine had me pretty wiped out by then, but I did hear some excerpts this morning.  I’m not sure if you would call it low-key, but I certainly did.   I heard a lot of words meant to lower expectations.  It’s the politics of usual.  Promise the moon and the stars until you actually think you will have to deliver them.


There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there
The reality of governing may just cure the  koolaid.  It seems that it may have worn off the speechwriters in charge of this speech.  My read between the lines is this:  “Gee, we might actually have to do all these things and that may not be realistic.”   I wonder when every one else’s kooaid level will enable them to read the truth.  I read it that he’s going to give it his best, but gee, we just might not see those results in our lifetime.  Is this wind down of hype so that he doesn’t set himself up to fail or is this the reality of the task of delivering on all those grand ideals?
I’d like to share with this with you from Ismael Reed of The Black Agenda Report.

What has Obama wrought? In the euphoria, can reality reclaim its rightful place? The parameters of rhetorical change are boundless, propelled into the nether-reaches of nonsensicality by hyper-speak and super-wishfullness that can never supplant the real world of entrenched class and race rule. Celebrate good times…COME ON! But at some soon point in time, we must return to the ground. And the need for struggle. Better start as soon as the cold breeze hits you. Like now.

Some time, this spring, the honey moon will end.  The Press will ask real questions during press conferences.  There will be real challenges like Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, higher expenditures, lower tax revenues, and the continuing financial market meltdown.  I’m expecting further problems in the credit marekts especially when the default rate on credit cards start skyrocketing.  Most economists think that the unemployment rate by that time will have gone over the 8% level.  I’m also assuming every dictator in the world will be expecting a meet and greet at the White House also.
I have to say, I hope I am wrong.  I believe I will not be.  I not believe that our new President is bringing to the oval office any bigger skill set than our current President has.  My only solace is that he may have better advisors borrowed from the Clinton Adminstration and that I probably don’t have to worry about the supreme court for awhile.  I’m just going to hang to that hope for awhile.  Meanwhile, it is time for us to discuss how to reform our horrible election system that permits fraud.  We should work to eliminate caucuses and to move away from always granting Iowa and New Hampshire the first go.  My suggestion is rotating regional primaries.  When the koolaid wears off, which it will, PUMAs must be ready for the next conversation.  How to make sure we don’t get fooled again.