"When a man's fancy gets astride on his reason,
when imagination is at cuffs with the senses,
and common understanding as well as common
sense is kicked out of doors, the first proselyte he makes is himself."
--Jonathan Swift, "A Tale of a Tub," 1704
For a man with a satirical turn of mind, presidential election years can be trying. Apparently your humble, obedient servant here isn't angry enough to participate fully in the festivities. This is interesting, because I've rarely been mistaken for Mr. Sunshine. I'd be a total failure as a game show host.
Everywhere you turn, people are shaking their fists in each other's faces. On television and online, that is. Most days, it'd be a good idea to don a crash helmet before opening Facebook. And the summer bickering season has hardly begun. These are mostly Republicans and Democrats fighting among themselves. The main event has yet to come.