Conversations with my liberal mother
My 91-year old mother is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, formed in the crucible of the Great Depression and not to be swayed. Not that I'd want to sway her; it's perfectly OK with me at this point. I'm just happy she's around and able to have political opinions.
My goal during the run-up to the election, however, was to simply get her to see that Bush was neither stupid nor evil. I succeeded in neither. Nor could I change her mind about the nefarious motivations behind the war in Iraq, and the utter doom and chaos that was bound to ensue there as a result of our bungled invasion.
Post-election, I've assiduously steered clear of politics with her; what's to be gained at this point? But the other night, over pizza, she actually broached the subject and asked my opinion about a few things--the Schiavo case, for example. So, since she seemed to want to talk, I tentatively asked her: what did she think of the Iraq war now, in retrospect? How did she think things are going in the Middle East?
Her answer was that they are going much better than expected. So I couldn't resist asking the next question: "So, do I get to say 'I told you so?' At least, a teeny, tiny, little, infinitesimal bit?"
Her answer was oblique. She leaned forward and confided, "I never liked that Kerry. I'm not sorry he wasn't elected."
I'll take it.