November 9, 2012 Leave a comment
1) Excellent Kevin Drum (largely quoting Connor Friedersdorf) on how the right wing media has failed the right wing.
2) Totally deserving it’s own post, but I’m a busy man. Apparently Romney’s own polls were their own version of unskewedpolls.com. Amazing that Romney’s campaign (maybe he isn’t so smart after all) would be so delusional on something so important. They really did think they were going to win. Fascinating. Read this one.
3) Michael Tomasky on the fact that Democrats really now have an off-year election problem with their coalition being so much based on the young and minorities (who are much less reliable voters than old white people).
4) John Sides on how much the first debate actually mattered.
5) Tomasky again on post-election thoughts. I especially like his take on Rove:
Never take these people seriously again: Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Scott Rasmussen. Here were Rasmussen’s picks: CT -10. Co -7, IA -7, NH -7, WI-7, VA -5, NV -4, MI -4, FL -3, NC -3, MN -3, OH -2. Average, 5.2 percent off. Dick Morris? Please. If he had any decency, he’d quit the business. Hugely embarrassing. And Rove. Can we just stop according him the status he has? Not only did he get this race really wrong, but he just burned many, many millions of rich Republicans’ dollars on ads that had no impact where they were supposed to. And then those shenanigans last night. He looked like such a fool, pointing and gesturing and huffing and puffing.
6) From this summer, but just sent to me by a friend. Either you trust experts or you don’t, but ordinary citizens are not exactly in a position to judge whether climate scientists know what they are talking about.
7)Frum: “Upper class TV commentators think that only change GOP needs is on immigration. Of course, they all have health insurance.”
8) More Frum (actually a summary of his new e-book):
And while all of this was going on, the GOP’s answer to the job crisis was to lower taxes on wealthier Americans while offering nothing to convince middle class Americans they could help them afford college and medical care or even stay in their homes.
With eyes glued to Fox News Channel and ears tuned to talk radio, conservatives were convinced that an African(-American?) in the White House was secretly plotting with Arabs to launch jihad against America. They thought that voters in swing states faced with losing their homes and jobs would vote on Fast and Furious or the lax security at a consulate in Libya.
These are the conservatives Romney was speaking to when he wrote off 47% of Americans he felt were sitting on a couch, waiting for Uncle Sam to feed, clothe, medicate and house them.
Frum goes on to state an incredible array of outrageous comments and characterizations from conservative media flacks that successfully drove a wedge between the GOP and black and Hispanic voters. My personal favorite is the line from Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy asking whether the 47% should even be allowed to vote.
Frum observes the irony that “by insisting so emphatically on ferocious, militant ideology, the GOP rewards most those who believe the least, because only cynics and nihilists will make the transition from the real world of governance to the make-believe world of party purity tests.”
After observing that the current conservative ideology is completely foreign to the next generation of Americans (and over half of those under 18 are non-white) Frum presents a strong note of caution: “To be a patriot is to love your country as it is. Those who seem to despise half of America will never be trusted to govern any of it. Those who cherish only the country’s past will not be entrusted with its future.”