Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Wave and relevance

I expected to write a post this morning complaining about how political reporters were calling the GOP victory a "wave" when actually it was just a victory. Since the term went into vogue, there is a tendency to spin every overall win into a "wave" story. But now that I see the actual results, which went well beyond the bad map, I do think it can be called a wave. I think the term is overused, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be used when it actually applies. And today it actually applies.

But that doesn't mean I can't still grouse! So today's grouse instead is about the word "relevance." Like this headline: "Obama Left Fighting for his Own Relevance." That is simply absurd. As long as Obama is able to veto legislation (not to mention all the executive action he can do without Congress), he is relevant. That's just reality. I know the gossipy political reporters get bored with two term presidents and so they start thinking about the next presidential race in the second half of the current president's term. But that says more about them than the president. And yet the president's alleged "irrelevance" or his attempts to "remain relevant" will be a recurring theme for the next two years.