Sunday, March 9, 2008

Americans Have No Patience!

I recently read an article in the Washington Post entitled "Alas, We're Just Wild About Hurry" by Robin Givhan that was in stark contrast to a recent post I wrote about Mike Huckabee.

Givhan's post discusses our culture's need for "instand brilliance and immediate perfection," noting Mike Huckabee's recent refusal to suspend his campaign, until McCain reached the magic number; 1,191 delegates.

My reaction to Huckabee's persistance was that of annoyance. Sure, most of my annoyance was because I simply do not like him, but Givhan asks a really important question. Where is our patience? "Why can't the candidates make their case as many times and in as many venues as they'd like? They're only competing for the most important job in the world."

Givhan argues, "surely there's satisfaction in knowing that you've pursued a goal with your best effort, that you've seen it through to the end. That ought to be met with congratulations, not exasperation. "

Make sense.

"We can barely wait for the polls to close, let alone sit still while the votes are being counted. People have been screaming for Hillary Clinton to pull out of the race -- forget Texas and Ohio and Pennsylvania and the convention and the superdelegates," said Givhan.

Givhan cites Huckabee's self-deprecating SNL skit about continuing his campaign, even though his chances of winning were slim to none. "In a fundamental teach-a-kid-a-lesson way, Huckabee's refusal to suspend his campaign -- until John McCain had officially won enough delegates to secure the nomination -- was admirable."

I hate to admit this, but I agree. Who would have thought?

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