Some people say doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. I say they’re wrong. Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a slightly different result is the definition of craft. But I will admit, in order to be a master craftsman, or leader of the so-called “free world,” you have to be a little nutty.
There’s no shame in getting your ass handed to you. The shame is in not taking the meaningful lesson from your failures. And giving-up. Instead of getting-up to give it another shot.
This is why there are 3-presidential debates instead of 1.
There’s not going to be much of a difference between the 1st and 2nd debate. You cannot fundamentally change your disposition in 2-weeks, no matter how much you lock yourself down, no matter how much you pretend someone has the debate-prep magic potion, no matter how much the so-called “free press” tries to use irrelevant polls to twist reality into a close race based on wooing the highly coveted demographic of Mythical Undecided Voters.
The fundamentals are the same.
Let’s take a look at their vice presidents, for fun. And as a litmus test for character.
Paul Ryan is the patron saint of billionaires. He doesn’t have the wherewithall to separate church and state. He wants to toss seniors off Social Security, despite the millions its lifted out of poverty. He wants to toss seniors into The Stock Market, despite what happened in 2008. He hates women. No, really, he hates women. Paul Ryan is extreme. The only difference between Paul Ryan and Osama bin Laden is Osama bin Laden was brown, and refused to shave.
Joe Biden is a working class hero. He’s about as white collar as the caps on his teeth. Joe fought to end the war in Iraq. He’s fighting to end the war in Afghanistan. Before the wars began, he fought against funding these wars with tax cuts. After signing into law The Affordable Care Act, overcome with joy, Joe turned into a potty mouth. After changing the Democratic Platform’s Position on Gay Marriage to include Marriage Equality, overcome with joy, Joe broke administration protocol, and broke the news. Joe is extreme. The only difference between Joe Biden and Kermit The Frog is Kermit The Frog is green, and schtups a pig.
I can’t tell you how to get to Sesame Street. But I can tell you what it’s like on Harvard Square. This week, I’m staying at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge. I’m here for school. I’m here for classes. I can’t wait!
I got into a mediation program at The Harvard Negotiation Project. Truthfully, anyone could get in. The prerequisites are unrelenting ambition, unrelenting masochism and a tickle in your tummy telling you to spend all the money you saved-up for vacation on something other than a Club Med All-Inclusive.
This morning, before breakfast, as I was checking into my “preferred hotel,” the Dali Lama was walking out of the lobby, accompanied by an extensive police escort and the secret service with their signature cropped hair, black suits, flag pin lapels, twisty ear-pieces and M16A2’s. “So much for non-violent resistance,” I thought to myself as loud as I could.
Now that’s what I call schmoozing. Minute-1 on Harvard Square, and I’m already getting schooled!