If the polls are to be believed — and that remains an open question in my mind — Republicans are likely to win the House of Representatives and have a long shot chance of assuming control of the Senate. If that occurs, voters will find out whether the Republicans mean what they have been saying during the campaign or whether they will instead be like Brave Sir Robin.
Remember Brave Sir Robin from Monty Python and the Holy Grail? He was the publicity-hungry knight who desperately wanted to join in the search for the Grail. He left on his quest accompanied by a minstrel and a cadre of musicians who sang constantly about his adventures. And yet, when the going got tough and the giant three-headed knight awaited, Brave Sir Robin made no attempt to fight. As his minstrel sang:
When danger reared its ugly head He bravely turned his tail and fled Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about And gallantly he chickened out Bravely talking to his feet He beat a very brave retreat Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin
I’m tired of politicians who talk a good game but don’t deliver. I’m hoping that, if Republicans in fact sweep to victory this November, they will indeed slash spending, reduce the deficit, and restore fiscal sanity to our federal government. If they instead act like Brave Sir Robin, I think that will be it for me and the Republicans. I’ll have to start looking for Sir Lancelot elsewhere.