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Vote Democrats – Just To Piss Off The Media Pundits!!!

I heard an asshole on MSNBC this morning say tomorrows election is a “referendum on the Democrat party”.  There is nothing quite like taking a person’s individual vote for an individual candidate and aggregating it into a convenient narrative, one line sentence that simplifies things for the low IQ folks who tend to gravitate towards journalism. I’m not saying all journalists are stupid, there are many who are very bright and intelligent, but in my experience working at a university with a journalism program, the folks who gravitate towards that major tend to be, how shall I say….well, not the brightest bulbs in the bunch. You don’t have to work at a university to know this, simply turn on your favorite cable news channel for about an hour and listen to some of the stupid shit that comes out of people’s mouths. Rick Sanchez used to be the best example of this, the fact that he ever made it as an anchor on a major news outlet like CNN, speaks volumes.

Our friend Grant in Texas gave us this link to a story about how the results tomorrow may not be as the media has been postulating. It’s a great read with a lot of good links. Go check it out.

I’ve always found comfort in the fact that people vote, not “polls”, and the whole bandwagon effect that the media and Republicans love to inject into our politics, only has an effect on a small number of people who are followers. Almost every single person I come in contact with on a daily basis, excluding journalism students :), aren’t swayed by “anger” in the country or at a particular political party. They don’t think as a group or follow trends or are distracted by shiny objects, they have principles they live by, they have well thought out reasons for voting a particular way, and they don’t blow in the breeze like the media and pollsters like to make you think. Most of the variations in polling data that swing back and forth are largely due to sampling errors, methodologies or random luck. When you poll 750 people and try to spread that out to an entire voting population, it is prone to all sorts of problems.

Yes, Democrats will lose seats, that is the norm in a midterm election for the party in power….nothing unusual at all. But how the media tries to wrap that up in their narrative and try to prove they were right all along, pat themselves on the back, high five each other, toast with a nice Chablis….whatever, doesn’t really matter at all to anyone except themselves. They are incredibly insulated from what really happens in America. A few weeks ago, Joe Klein was making the rounds bragging about how he was out in real America, talking to people. Man, you would think it was the first time he had left Washington in 20 years….and it may have been. He was so excited and kept repeating how he talked to real Americans, in the heartland. Jeez, dude, get out a little more often. I live in the midwest….Michigan, and I talk to real people every single day. I wonder if Americans become fake when they move to Washington or do they become fake and then move to Washington?

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November 1, 2010 - Posted by | Media, Midterm Elections, Politics

10 Comments »

  1. As editor of my high school newspaper, I was privileged to attend a short summer session at the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University. I learned enough at age 17 to now shake my head at many of the “professionals” out there in our media. Just like “push polling” we have “push ‘journalists’”.

    I keep hearing about ALL of the “independents” out there now voting Republican. Are they really true “independents” or just Republicans who took cover during the shameful Bush years? Or are they the kind of folks who only like to “ride with a winner” whether it is a nutjob like Rand Paul or Dale Earnhardt, Jr.? It is this mentality that is being most influenced by the steady media drumbeat coming for months now…that Democrats are losers.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. I still shake my head at ABC hiring race-baiting LIAR Andrew Breitbart…a Faux “journalist”. I won’t be watching that network tomorrow.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. Good point Grant… I think most of them are not independents but republicans who left the republican party out of shame. It’s one reason that I take the whole more independents identify themselves as republican than ever before with a grain of salt. Most of that is false pure and simple and the unBIASED media knows this but is covering it up for some reason. I also believe the polls are mostly created though external sources like research rather than actual people.

    It seems dubious at most to trust polling when they fail to actually reveal what state they poll.

    Comment by Jeff | November 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. I wonder will you guys and Extreme will agree:

    The ONLY benefit I see if the Republicans win the house back is that Orange Bastard and his merry band of know nothing tea party freaks will be exposed for the lying sacks of shit that they are. Think about it every bat shit wing nut bill they want to pass is going to be either filibuster in the senate or President Obama is going to veto it and since every tea bagger doesn’t know how government works that could turn them on the Republicans.

    Another point it’s one thing for the Orange Boner sitting on the sideline shouting stupid shit it’s another thing in two years, the Boner has to defend their policies and their “majority” to a larger voting electorate,not that small narrow of old,misinformed white freaks that gave them the majority.

    Comment by Johnny C | November 1, 2010 | Reply

    • I don’t know if it is the only benefit, but it sure will expose the lying sacks of shit.

      I think the reason Obama took on so much in the first two years is that they knew, like most, that the pendulum was going to swing back in the R’s favor in 2010 so they better do as much as they can in the first two years. He actually did more in his first 2 years than most presidents do in 4.

      2012 will be fun, especially after 2 years of Republican’s running the house…although I’m not convinced it’s going to be the blowout everyone says it will. I think there is a chance dems hold on to the house, I may be the only one though.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | November 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. If the “tsunami” or “hurricane” drowns the Democrats today I am wondering if the many Republican CEOs and business owners will now move off their piles of profits made in the past year or so (BTW under OBAMA) and begin to hire employees back. If they do, then were these owners/managers extending misery to millions of families for months in order to gain a more favorable climate of deregulation and pay-back favors from the GOP? Just like the REICHwingers were the party of “NO” to make Obama fail I also wonder about their supporters in the chambers of commerce.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. What is bothersome about the Republicans taking a majority in congress is, they will be instrumental in reviving the country and the economy and the Community Organizer will get some of the credit.

    You are correct an independent is a conservative who lost their way and voted for the entitlement side in the last election. Like EL said in a post, the republicans aren’t what I want them to be but the are a lot closer than the party of the entitlements, (he changed the parties of course).

    I would vote Libertarian but it would be a wasted vote. They do believe in less government and neither of the other parties share that belief.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | November 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. I think those on the right will have a short lived celebration again the Republicans will have to go from back seat brats to the spotlight. From what I see of Boner he’s a better whining bitch than leader plus he has to deal with a horde of bat shit crazy Republicans that have their own agenda. Add on the fact the Republicans will have no ability to carry through any of the tea party demands that could turn off these people. Then if they have the misfortune of selecting a certain half term governor as their presidential choice we can see a shift back to the Democrats.

    But the question is can the average person survive a Republican house?

    Comment by Johnny C | November 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. “If the “tsunami” or “hurricane” drowns the Democrats today I am wondering if the many Republican CEOs and business owners will now move off their piles of profits made in the past year or so and begin to hire employees back”

    Good question Grant. Under the Community Organizer business owners, large and small, did not know what the future held. Were taxes going up to support his additional entitlement programs for the non-productive. What was this sham of a national healthcare going to cost, we won’t know what is in it until it passes, according to madam pelosi. We now know it is going to cost a lot more and there are many hidden taxes embedded in this hoax.

    Unlike the community organizer, most business people believe in profit and will hire employees when they can see a benefit. I know it is harsh to want to make money off your investment an effort,but that is what made America great. Poverty is a choice and most business people would choose to not live in poverty and worknstead.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | November 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. After 100′s of thousands of angry letters, ABC has dropped the lying race-baiter Andrew Breitbart from its commentary tonight. Power to the people!

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 2, 2010 | Reply


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