Beyond the illusion, McCain wins in Boston

Recently, a group of Harvard political science students conducted a mock election for local 7th graders in the Boston area. The only catch was that the two candidates were identified only by a description of their positions on various issues. Their names were unveiled only after the votes had been counted.

The results: the 7th graders were in tears. McCain won a solid victory.

There is hope for the future, but we must understand that we have allowed ourselves to fall into our sorry state. We are the ones who supported the gamesmanship over principle that has utterly destroyed the GOP brand. We are the ones who have discouraged the pursuit of careers in policy, public office and the media. Yes, other pursuits are more directly beneficial, but we have left a void for the left to fill.

And we are the ones who have allowed those who have filled that void to define us and ours.