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Hineni

The noblest Congress of them all.

11:00 PM, Feb 22, 2007 • By LARRY MILLER
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So here's my stand, such as it is. I don't care about 2008 or 2012. I don't care who's the frontrunner of either party, or who declares he's running, or who gets this money or that money, or who starts a committee. I don't care what would happen "if the election were held today," which has always struck me as the dumbest construction in history anyway, since no one ever seems to point out to these scholars that, "Yes, fantastic, but the election isn't today."

I will only care about one thing: the next three months; the next three weeks, days, hours. This new guy, Petraeus, seems to at least have some idea of what needs to be done (as opposed to his predecessors whose savvy leadership has gotten them the giant promotions they so . . . richly deserve), so I'll support him and pray for him. For no other reason than the possibility of fixing this and "winning" is clearly our obligation and, not incidentally, the right thing to do. (At this point I'm even thinking, "Hell, the guy's name sounds Roman. Maybe that'll help.)

So there it is. It's not much, but it's mine. Stand with the new guy and hope for the best. Next week, next month, till something happens, one way or the other. Nothing else matters.

Hineni.

Larry Miller is a contributing humorist to THE DAILY STANDARD and a writer, actor, and comedian living in Los Angeles and author of Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life (Regan Books).