Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Long Road Starts

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~ Chinese proverb

Five months from today is the presidential election, and at last we have our nominees.

It's going to be a challenge. Pray for strength. Ours, not theirs. These two candidates are both flawed and formidable in very individualized ways.

The Democrats have got the powerfully resonant orator who morphs into Forrest Gump without his teleprompter. He's got all kinds of problematic personal connections that we won't go into just now. Let's pace ourselves.

The Republicans have got the highly honored Vietnam war hero who was fearless in the grip of his torturers but who seems to fall apart in front of a microphone. He's got his own set of issues, including the disgruntled GOP base (whoever they might be) and the infamous bad temper.

As I said to my son, we're the United States of America. Are these two candidates the best choices we can manage for the serious times in which we live? The political machines in both parties have spoken, and the final answer is yes, they are.

It's going to be a very long five months.