Plus there's something to be said for the theory that, as the EU constitution is a disaster waiting to happen, you might as well cut down the waiting and let it happen. CIA analysts predict the collapse of the EU within 15 years. I'd say, as predictions of doom go, that's a little on the cautious side.
I'm a firm believer in the power of constitutional representative democracy to solve problems. The kicker is that the constitution in question has to be based on the concept that government serves the people and not the other way around.
Weighing in at 511 pages, the EU constitution might as well be a Saturday Night Live script for all the good it is going to do as a document required to protect the rights of any serfs. Here in the States it's taken for granted that government given an inch will take a mile and then tax whatever is left. We fall back on elections to restrain the worst of our power grabbers; there are so many levels of electoral insulation between the masters of Europe and the people they govern that that mechanism will not apply to Brussels.
Until the shape of the new Europe begins to emerge, there's no point picking fights with the terminally ill.
I agree. We can smile and wave for the cameras while the nurse fusses with the bib around Old Europe's chin. They are too weak to keep up with us. Their idea of power politics was to put a knife in our back before Iraq in hope they could bring us down to their level.
That was not the case. An easy mistake to make when the concept of governance is built around "rule" instead of "lead".