Patient BHO: You don't get it? I should be your life coach. Don't you see? I finally have my allies. I've cut out all the hacks and old men who have kept me from the people. The hacks have been destroyed, all of them. They just don't know it. They're running around, but what can they do to me, or for me? Nothing. But I have the people, the people on the outside who are hollering to get inside.
Dr. S: What about the other people? Some would say you have more enemies than friends.
Patient BHO: That's why I talked about the two-thirds who don't vote. I'm not saying they would have voted for Democrats. They don't trust them, either. And why should they? The parties, the politicians, they just get in the way. The two-thirds who don't vote, they're voting against voting. They say refugees vote with their feet. The people who don't vote do the same. And they vote against the system, the hacks, the old men and women. The colorless, weak hacks. Those weren't votes against me, they were votes for me -- or at least for a bold leader who knows what the outsiders have endured. And who knows more than me? Sixty-four percent of the people said: This system is phony, outdated, obsolete, biased, boring, corrupt. Sixty-four percent said they wanted something else. I just happen to be the something else.
Dr. S.: Don't you need a majority? Wouldn't it be, at least, helpful?
Patient BHO: There are no majorities. Don't the right-wingers read their own guys? Take Hayek. The right-wingers just read the Cliff's Notes, I think. I read the book. There never are 51 percent majorities -- I mean, stable ones. Sure, for one vote you might get 51 percent. But that's like some nuclear substance, that exists for a few moments then collapses into more stable elements.
You look at when Congress votes 51 percent for X. But only, say, 10 percent really believe in X. Maybe another 10 percent believe in it that day, but tomorrow they believe in Z. Ten percent only voted that way because their party said to, and the next time they'll go the other way. Ten percent just got bribed. And 11 percent didn't really like it, but they thought it was the lesser of two evils, but then they'll see a better one, just like your girl might find a better-looking guy! And all of them will run like scared cats if there are problems. That's why legislatures always kill good ideas. They can't really muster a real majority. All they votes are cobbled-together messes. People make fun of the Affordable Care Act, but all legislation is jerry-rigged. That didn't bother me at all.
They say I didn't get a majority. They should read their own Hayek. It's right there. There are no majorities. He says representative bodies always fail. That's why. So that's why I didn't sweat voting in the Illinois Senate. The Illinois Senate! Every damned bill was a stinking pile of crap! Anybody with any sense would vote "present" all the time! Who the hell would want to be associated with all that!
Dr. S: But isn't that the idea -- for representative government.
Patient BHO: There's no majority, there's no representatives either. They just represent themselves, or the power structure.. There are the people themselves. The Others. And I am them. I'm the Other. I've always been the Other. am the Other. I have always been the Other. Don't think I don't know it. Their applause -- they don't see me, they don't know me.
Dr. S: It sounds to me as if you were always surrounded by people who wanted to help you
Patient BHO: They thought they wanted to help. In high school and at that hippie college in California. They were so smug, so self-assured. But they had no idea, about me. Or about the outsiders.
Especially the old man. I felt sorry for him. But that's when I saw it. They are losers. Just like Mitch and Harry and Nancy and John are losers. They're all full of themselves, but they're like blacksmiths watching the first Model T chug down the street. Did I say that already? The hell with it, it's true.
Dr. S: Don't you, in your business, have to work with people, regardless of their failings?
Patient BHO: You mean politics. I used to be in politics. I had to be a politician. But now I've graduated. Now I'm beyond politics.
Dr. S: Then what?
Patient BHO: (a noticeable pause, which is unusual for this patient.) I guess we'll all find out.