Sunday, October 21, 2007
Make no mistake, I don't expect him to win, and I have my qualms about Colbert's television persona insofar as I worry sometimes that fans lose sight of the subtle satire of his comedy in their mob-like enthusiasm... BUT.
I still feel more whole-heartedly invested in Stephen Colbert's 2008 presidential campaign than I do in that of any other actual candidate. Simply the idea of Colbert running for office fills me with a strange, tense feeling. At first, I wasn't sure what this feeling was. Then it began to dawn on me: maybe it's hope. It has been so long since something happened in the world of politics that didn't seem painfully predictable and tragically disappointing. It seems at every opporunity, the true and simple goodness of the average human being falters under the weight of corporate interest, religious zealotry, and hate-mongering. The war drags on, bigotry and greed play tetherball on the D.C. green, and, as Ani put it, "the Democrans and the Republicrats are flashing their toothy smiles."
But now, here is something new. For once, I have no idea what will happen, I have no idea what Colbert will say or do next. But I am not afraid. There is, instead, this odd warmth in my heart that he will at least do some good along the way. Which is more than I could hope for anyone with a prayer of actually winning the race (or should we call it a clusterf**k?) to the White House, anyone who would inherit the morally and literally bankrupt system already thriving under the noses and behind the blinders of American citizenry.
So that's what it comes down to: hope. For so long I have been trying to survive on, and face the future with, courage alone. Pushing forward on every front because, in the end, I have no real choice. I must work to "be the change I wish to see in the world," or compromise and lose myself to the undertow of cynicism and fatigue. But to have hope! What a luxury, what a respite. I had almost forgotten what hope felt like. I'd almost forgotten what it was like to wonder.... what new good thing might happen tomorrow.
(And yes, I would've preferred a Stewart/Colbert '08 campaign... but the day is still young, my friends.)