Saturday, February 13, 2010
The party of "no, but..."
We'll see how it goes....
(Then, of course, there's the broader question of whether this is what they should be doing during their time governing....)
They even scream about the weather
...but what struck me was how much his delivery sounded like one of those screaming CNBC announcers, or many of the right wing radio hosts... How do you deliver the weather and sound like Jim Cramer or Rush Limbaugh....?
...and then it occurred to me. It's the style that sells. The medium is the message. There are people who crave this sort of disbelieving, "I can't believe this is happening to us," screaming energy.
I've had a weird kind of meta moment on part of America, and it's making me strangely sad.
Harold Ford, Tennessee resident
Friday, February 12, 2010
Vandehei speaks the beginning of the truth
The media loves Sarah Palin because she generates traffic. She is treated more "seriously" than she should be because the mere mention of her name generates revenue. She is the news equivalent of showing nudity during TV's sweeps week.
The extension Vandehei doesn't make is that this self profiting sensationalism by the media also serves to overrepresent the crazy political positions that Sara Palin and her supporters assert. Because of the traffic they generate, the "Tea Party convention," 600-1,000 people gathered in a ballroom, get days of front page coverage while much more impacting organizations, national union meetings or even the RNC meeting in Hawaii, get far less press.
This significantly impacts the political discussion. By overrepresenting what is, for the most part, a fringe position. It changes the political discourse, tilting the results of elections and changing the policies and laws of this country.
In their pursuit of "buzz," the media is collaborating to make this country far more "conservative" than it really is.
Afterthought. How differently would all of this be treated if the "tea party folks" weren't white and christian? Imagine if this were a black or Latino organization calling for "secession," or was carrying weapons or signs implying violent action against the government?
Think the media would cover nationwide gatherings of black men, some carrying guns, as the "heart of America?"
Thursday, February 11, 2010
In the far more interesting raw data,
5. Who do you trust to do a better job handling [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?
2/8/10 - Summary Table*
a. The economy 47 42
b. Health care reform 46 41
c. The federal budget deficit 45 43
d. The threat of terrorism 47 42
e. Creating jobs 48 41
On Palin, Palin's Fav/UnFav is 37/55 with strongly fav at 18 and strongly unfav at 38. But more troubling to her, the "qualified" number is actually falling pretty substantially.
24. Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not qualified to serve as president?
Is qualified, Is not qualified
2/8/10 26 71
11/15/09 38 60
71% would be a pretty big "unqualified" number to be running against an incumbent President.
Related: Gallup says Obama would beat an unnamed (generic) Republican 44/42 (with self identified "independents" leaning Republican.)
And, as of right now, Mitt Romney is repositioning as a moderate.
But remember, there's a whole lot of distance before any of this 2012 stuff matters. At this point, it's just chatter.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Thought for the Day
And, yet, they get on national TV.
Thought for the Day
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Palin's hand says it all
I had noted the funny bit that Sarah Palin had written notes on her hand to answer pre-submitted questions, but what I hadn't noted is just what that crib sheet said.
It had three items.
Lift American Spirit.
Seriously! Sarah Palin can't remember "cut taxes" or to talk about her "signature issue" of "energy?"
And, more broadly, Sarah Palin can't remember 3 things?
And, who is so badly planned that they have to cross out a mistake when writing prep notes on their hand?
Let's just couple this with the tanning bed in the governor's mansion and be done with her as a serious person.
As Andrea Mitchell pointed out, "If Mitt Romney had notes on his hand, (or had a tanning bed) wouldn't we take it pretty seriously?"
Monday, February 08, 2010
Picture of the Day
Quote - Ignorance that defines a movement
Ignorance that defines a movement
I say, "go, baby," as there's not a surer way to guarantee an Obama reelection.
(I mean, she wins Iowa with 30%, loses NH, wins South Carolina with 40%, and runs really well in Florida, and she's the Repub nominee.)
Quote from a FoxNews appearance (of course) Sunday.
"I have no idea how conventionally people [run for the White House]. How they open a door that perhaps isn't even open. ... I don't know how any of that stuff works. I'm just appreciative of having some good information at my fingerprints now.".