Wednesday, March 2, 2016

And then there were two

The clarifying triumphs of Donald Trump
and Mrs Clinton place the nation on the
verge of speculating between figures un-
popular enough in their own Party to be
rejected, standing alone. Their need of
each other is bringing forth their uni-
on against the principles and bonds of
a national inheritance.

Whether a doomed interloper should now
enter the mix, either from Orthodox Re-
publicanism in its new distillation, or
from some disdaining great fortune in
the wings, will not change that defini-
tion of the election of the successor
to Barack Obama. Now unfolds a squalid,
mire-drunken spat between two specta-
cles of corruption: venality beyond
belief, against impotent iconoclasm, 
driving refugees into each other's lap
for the shelter of their ruthlessness.

Where is Gore Vidal? At long last,
have these victors no sentiment for
reading aloud from his Burr or 1876,
instead of hectoring us to do their
rival in, superfluously?

They leave two candidates, classically
worthy of conducting that competition
in their place. The Governor of Ohio
and the Senator from Vermont are so or-
dinary, so notably undemented and com-
pleat, as to inspire that greater cam-
paign which remains open to our effort.

I refer to the reform by repopulation
of both houses of Congress, and as many
State lower houses as can be reclaimed
from ideological delirium. 2016 is now
launched on a course to advance nothing.
But to strike to salvage its wreckage, 
recalling Churchill, would mark a limit
to this indelicate collusion.

Marco Calderini

Palazzo reale, Torino
ca 1910

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