Not that I'm a besotted partisan.
But that your side — I'll lump you with the Republicans for the purposes of discussion, if that's all right — seems almost certain to nominate a candidate whose platitudinous pronouncements appeal to the far-right wing and who's given to utterances that are contradictory, fact-challenged or just plain wacky.
I feel your pain. Eight years ago, incumbent Republican President George W. Bush was facing serious head winds. The war in Iraq was looking increasingly endless and misbegotten, and the U.S. had just posted a record budget deficit. In most polls he was losing to a generic Democrat by 2 to 6 percentage points, but he was beating the actual, uninspiring Democrats in every head-to-head poll.
You'll smile to remember Joe Lieberman, Dick Gephardt, Howard Dean, John Edwards and the eventual nominee, John Kerry, a stiff from Massachusetts with a good resume but a reputation as a flip-flopper.
Similarly, Obama tends to lose to generic Republicans in polls (by 8 percent in a Gallup survey last month, for instance) and almost always beats the actual, disquieting Republicans in head-to-head polls.
I'm smiling as I list them: Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain. And the likely nominee at this point, Mitt Romney, a stiff from Massachusetts with a good resume but a reputation as a flip-flopper.
How much do you fear that I'm right when I suggest history will repeat itself?
Darn, there you go, making me pay attention to a presidential campaign that I've been studiously ignoring for more than a year.
Hard to believe, isn't it? The presidential campaign started the day after last year's election and two full years before the next one. I have to admit that I am so tired of it that I have yet to watch a single GOP presidential debate. Yeah, I know, that could get my pundit's license yanked, something that allows me to pretend that I'm all-seeing and all-knowing.
But, I feel — and I think many Americans also feel — that they have been dragged to a bloody dogfight, to watch a cavalcade of hopefuls get their butts chewed but good. Like bubbles rising from the gloomy depths (can I toss in another metaphor here?), each Republican suddenly appears on the surface, only to pop.
The latest — as of this writing and who knows when the next bubble will appear and pop — is Cain, who is done, done, done. That's thanks in part to the media and political opponents who were there waiting with needles to make sure he'd burst.
Blame the dismal field of candidates if you must for my ennui. But I think it's more the result of watching too many decades of this ever more dogged scrutiny given to candidates and the coarsening of their campaigns.
I'm not trying to avoid your question. You're right, Republican chances are growing longer each day. I admire your confidence in Obama's re-election, but that thought alone might be enough to shake me and a whole lot of Americans out of our lethargy.