The lack of placeness with both candidates contributes to a sense of their disjointedness, their floatingness. I was talking recently with a journalist who's a podcaster. I often watch him in conversation on the Internet. I told him I'm always struck that he seems to be speaking from No Place, with some background of beige wall that could exist anywhere. He leans in and out of focus. It gives a sense of weightlessness. He's like an astronaut floating without a helmet. That's a little what both candidates are like to me.And where it gets really good is where she talks about potential running mates.
On the Democrats, who are up first, I firmly announce I like every [potential VP] name floated so far, for different reasons (Joe Biden offers experience and growth; Evan Bayh seems by nature moderate; Sam Nunn is that rare thing, a serious man whom all see as a serious man.) But part of me tugs for Tim Kaine of Virginia, because he has a wonderful American Man haircut, not the cut of the man in first but the guy in coach who may be the air marshal. He looks like he goes once every 10 days to Jimmy Hoffa's barber and says, "Gimme a full Detroit." Detroit: that's a place.Yes it is a place with a mayor in jail that just took another five alarm fire to its economy, Peggy Noonan! And the fact that we are all headed in the same direction is why we would rather be drinking than thinking about our sense of "place." Party Animals [W] Related: Pete Wentz Backs Obama The End of Placeness [WSJ]