A real problem with politics is taking it seriously. I find it genuinely difficult and I don't think it's an unusual attitude. When the best leader you can hope for is a passably benign liar, then it isn’t easy to offer one’s support to this side or that. Political analysis is a headache too, because mainstream political players are so balls-achingly ghastly.
Most world leaders are appalling shits. A small minority are not quite so shitty, but generating enthusiasm about matters of degree is not appealing. For example, Obama may be a dud US president, but is Romney likely to act as a barrier to current global trends? Is he destined to isolate the US from the antics of global bureaucracies – from the creeping rigor mortis they are so busily imposing on what's left of democracy?
Even if Romney gets himself elected, millions of US citizens will still have voted for Obama, will still believe the wrong guy is in the White House, will still act, speak and plan accordingly.
Even if Romney makes it and accomplishes something substantive, he will still have hordes of opponents determined to rubbish every move he makes, fervently committed to reverse it all at the next election.
Too much political talk centres round leaders and much of it has little practical value because leaders rarely deliver. They promise to change trends and start new ones, but only rarely are such promises within their gift.
Trends are by definition more powerful than the forces opposing them. Until that changes, neither do they.