Something In The Air?

No, no, I’m not talking about Isaac and all the Weather Pr0n we’re being bombarded with (and you DID read Sis’s post and follow the advice therein, didn’t you?); certainly Isaac is a much weaker storm than Katrina and we just have to hope that the extended rain and wind doesn’t cause any severe problems; in any event the NOLA folks from local to Fed levels are much more prepared and less prone to sit back and see what happens than they were 7 years ago (plus, frankly and sadly, there just ain’t as much there for Gaia to destroy these days, is there?) so we can and do pray that the weather is, er, weathered much better now than before. Is there a limit on the number of semi-colons one can use in a sentence? I think I just violated it.

Anywho, what I am referring to is not a cyclone of a natural nature but rather perhaps a zephyr of a political nature. In Massachusetts.

We just got back from taking Daughter to College in a rather well-to-do, an exceedingly well-to-do actually, town outside of Boston. Our vintage Honda minivan was besieged on all sides by Volvos, BMWs, Lexii, Priui and of course the ever ubiquitous Subarus (full disclosure: next trip we will arrive in our own Subaru and try to go native) as we meandered about and tried to make sense of the logic of Massacusettian road design, finally realizing there is none.

The weather was stunningly lovely: low humidity and soothing warmth provided by bright sunshine dappling amidst the sylvan groves of an idyllic campus awash in the arcadian splendor of a late Summer’s day.

Yet underneath this despite of the cheery-looking sunshine there seemed to be almost an unspoken arctic chill cast about the land, for here, yes here in what should be the very heart and soul of Elizabeth Warren-ville we saw exactly one (1) lawn sign declaring support for her. One. (1). There is indeed a specter casting a pall over Warren-ville, for whilst we saw but one (1) sign for Elizabeth Warren we saw five (5) for Scott Brown.

And we did not see a single (0) “Obama-12” sticker. Not a one for The One. Oh sure there were a few tear-streaked “Obama-08” relics affixed to liked hybrid’s bumpers, clinging like the faded memories of joyful dreams driven into irrelevant vaporousness by the cruel light of morn remain still in our minds eye, tantalizingly close and vibrant yet ever unsustainable and unfulfilled.

The enthusiasm has waned, Friends. The magic is gone. Does it mean Massachusetts will go “R”? Probably not, but the depressed atmosphere may very well keep enough folks home to ensure Brown’s re-election.

11 Responses to “Something In The Air?”

  1. Thomas Pfau says:

    I guess you’re not familiar with the cow path theory of Boston area road design?

    I’m sure you’ll be spending a bit of time in the region now if you have a child in school there. You’ll need to pick up a copy of this – It was good when I got my copy 30+ years ago and I’m sure the revisions since then will be useful.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Thanks for the tips, Thomas!

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    And having just read that first link it’s true they are the worst drivers there.

  4. JeffS says:

    Interesting, Mr. B, as turning out the base is crucial to Obama. And God knows that Taxachussetts is certainly a liberal bastion.

  5. aelfheld says:

    JeffS, with few exceptions liberals don’t live their lives in concert with their ‘ideals’ – especially when it comes to their pocketbooks.

  6. leelu says:

    Mr B:Boston area streets == paved cow paths. (Sort of like what happens to an economy when there’s no budget for a number of years…)

  7. aelfheld says:

    Saw this and couldn’t help but make the connection.

  8. JeffS says:

    True enough, aelfheld, which makes this all the more delicious. The lefties are sinking themselves….

  9. Ave says:

    Very happy to know my precious Neiceimus Maximus has been successfully deposited to embark upon her next wonderful life challenge! Best wishes to her and also to you two new Empty-Nesters!

  10. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Ah – as for Massachusetts drivers (especially in or around Boston). I’ve compared them quite often with NYC drivers. (I’ve lived in NJ and visited Mass – my parents’ native state – often.)

    Comparison is this: NYC drivers will scare you half to death by missing you by 1/4 inch. Mass. drivers…don’t miss.

  11. Kathy Kinsley says:

    And, well, I hope Scott wins. Maybe we should start sending around that Cosmo centerfold again? The left fell for it last time and gave him LOTS of good publicity…

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