PR Doesn’t Kill the Sun – Yet

SunriseThe sun rose this morning. Perhaps the sun didn’t rise on John Boehner but there in the east, through the clouds, that big ball of heat and life seemed to come up like it did yesterday, and will tomorrow. Armageddon has not befallen us, yet.

The news is gloomy. Short term credit markets are tanking. The GDP is sluggish. A few days ago I sold my stocks. Politicians, economists, market strategists and news commentators may focus on numbers and economic indicators, I’m operating on feelings. And the feeling I get is disaster ahead. Posturing, threatening, haranguing, arm-twisting, ultimatums – is this any way to run a country.

It is should be no shock that politicians engage in politics, or that politics is essentially a high-stakes PR game with the singular objective of acquiring and maintaining power.

The Republicans, initially the protagonists and aggressors, today are on the defensive, flopping around like a fish on a boat deck. Obama, left at the altar twice as he put it, came before the cameras for six minutes this morning and sounded supremely Presidential and optimistic. Of course he has the luxury of diminutive Harry Reid, the Demo Senate leader, wielding the big stick.

The Republicans are in a awful position. They can’t find the votes to pass a bill that will surely go nowhere, and they are split into factions that seem intent on consuming each other. The Demos are in no better shape but their grousing has not had the opportunity to be fully vented. Obama is intent on getting a deal – but he can’t do it at the expense of Republican pride.

This makes for an interesting weekend of posturing and threatening, when such tactics are losing their ability to impress. Politics is drama. We are heading for Act III of this tragedy.

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