The sweet relief of institutional impotence

I think this post from Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones just about sums up my feelings from yesterday — the only exception being that I haven’t called myself a Democrat in years.   

After reprinting dispirited e-mails from readers, he links to a post from TPM that hits the heart of the matter in a deep way:

“The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the [Democratic} caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done.”

I felt the same way when I was in 7th grade and I got a busy signal when I called a girl — whose name I’m withholding — to ask her to the dance.  That was a close one, I thought.  I almost actually had to step up to the plate and put myself on the line.  Luckily, now I can just sit at home by myself in a comfortable, plausible deniability.  Certainly if the line had been open she’d have said yes, but oh well.  Act of god, and so forth. 

Go ahead and speculate whether or not that was a great night for me.

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