[Crossposted at What's the Point?]
There's a John Updike collection of short stories called Too Far to Go that describes, among other things, the deep sadness of a married couple who are losing or have lost the connection that brought them together.
In the title story (I think - I may have some details wrong, but this is what I remember), there is a deeply melancholic scene that describes the husband lying awake while his wife is sleeping in the same room, but in a separate bed.
It captures the helplessness and vulnerability that can set in during the quiet, lonely half-asleep hours of the night, when it can seem impossible to find the strength within oneself to rise and deal with the things that need to be dealt with.
The hours when one's bed becomes like a womb, and even the most confident and capable of adults are left to feel like weak and dependent infants, incapable of leaving the warmth and security beneath the covers.
The husband tries to find the energy and strength within himself to simply get up and join his wife, who is only just a few feet away, and begin to rebuild the trust and affection in their marriage.
But, he can't. It is just too far to go.
I'm very happily married, but for some reason that brief scene and the phrase "too far to go" have always stayed with me. Not in relation to a lack of marital bliss, but to all the other things in my life that can feel occasionally insurmountable.
So, today, while reading the Carpetbagger's reporting (I know Stoller broke it earlier in Breaking Blue) that Dean Webmaster Nicco Mele was signing on to McCain's probable run for President, it was the first thing I thought of.
I had the pleasure of working with Nicco on-site at Dean HQ during the primary campaign.
And though I didn't spend too much time with him, he struck me as a very decent, thoughtful, intelligent human being. His work with EchoDitto and his interest in and support of citizen journalism have been very laudable.
One of the things that most people wouldn't know is that quite a few of the main Dean web people (and probably many of the others, including Howard) were not at all sharply partisan about Dean and would often say favorable things about his opponents. And had very nuanced opinions about a number of topics. Meaning, well, they were very reasonable, non-dogmatic people.
But, McCain, Nicco? Really?
Sure, he's not pure evil, but he could have done so much more in the last five and a half years to help blunt the disaster of the Bush administration. No need to detail the atrocities.
And given the current condition of America and our place in the world, to me that is entirely unforgivable.
It's just too far to go, Nicco.