When I started editing TheGloss, I really wanted to keep it as apolitical as possible. However, I think recently we’ve taken a more liberal turn, and it leads to discussions like this:
I want to make it absolutely clear that I identify as a conservative. In the past week I said, very sincerely, “I believe in the unbridled promise of capitalism.” I do. I also believe in our troops, I believe in free enterprise and – fine, I’ll just say it – I believe the United States is the best nation in the world. Apparently I believe that with my heart, not my head, because we’re behind in many areas. The fact that America may not the best country in the world was covered in the first episode of The Newsroom, when Jeff Daniels explained as much to a dumb college student; although Jeff Daniels ultimately decided the United States was the best country in the world because . . . dumb college students ask bad questions? That always seemed flimsy. No matter. Still believe in my nation.
I love this country. I love our optimism, and the vastness that enables us to, as Whitman said, “contain multitudes.” I love our, perhaps childish, obsession with people behaving decently. I love, above all, the fact that we are a group of people who seem to be trying so hard to be good. I love the way Americans seem to lapse into unexpected earnestness.
These are all statements that make me very popular at conservative gatherings. I am eagerly anticipating next week, when the election is over, and I can do a nice Shelved Doll on one of my personal heroes, Margaret Thatcher. Sometimes I tell people that I’d campaign for Alex P. Keaton. Because of this:
And, on a personal level, I like Mitt Romney. I don’t think that he is the constant bullshitter Obama describes. I think he’s an intelligent, successful man. I think he probably does have a very good plan for job creation. He seems like a wonderful husband and father. And, I imagine, in private life, he is probably very nice, although he sometimes says some very silly things in public life. I can see him as one of my Dad’s golf buddies who would be really pleasant to talk to after a round. I am sure he is wildly beloved by his friends and family.
So, I like the ideas behind the Republican party. And I like Mitt Romney just fine.
I just like my gay and female friends more.
And they are the ones who will get hurt if Mitt Romney is elected.
Let’s talk about that.