Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cataloguing the Crazy: US Mid-term Elections!

I like Keith Olbermann a lot. My only qualm is not with him but with the fact that he is generally preaching to the choir. There are false equivalencies aplenty in the MSM and one is that he's the left's version of some of the right wing's media personalities -- and that is patently false! He has no opposite number on the right. He may wave his arms and get apoplectic from time to time but he generally has cause and more importantly he's got his facts straight. Unlike those on the right if he does make a mistake he corrects it and apologizes. The following special comment from him is incisive and illustrative of the kinds of people running under the banner of the Republican party this election cycle. They may call themselves the Tea Party but they are just extremist right-wing Republicans.



So get ready for a long day for Democrats in the US tomorrow. I've been holding out hope that they wouldn't lose the House but the litany of polls say otherwise. The landscape near as one can tell on Wednesday morning will have the Republicans in charge of the House and the Democrats barely holding on to the Senate.

Sadly it appears if things like physical attacks by the right on a Moveon worker and death threats inspired by Glenn Beck will have no consequences for the tea party types. There was a time when this would have turned people off and made them choose another way. Maybe because it's so commonplace it has no consequences. There are seemingly no consequences for ratcheting up hate speech, even when talking about the President.

And that's what a lot of this insane rhetoric is all about, it's about a black man in the White House. And they couldn't do it without the help of Fox, who daily aid and abet in the hate-mongering -- it's time to boycott them completely. Even conservatives believe them to be cheerleading for Republicans and being actively partisan. Jimmy Carter agrees with that assessment.

And in spite of the daily attacks on his character, Obama remains surprisingly popular.

Sarah made up some stuff about the media and the tea party guy she backed in Alaska that, even though no one can verify a damned thing she says, Fox News is obsessively reporting as fact.

Enjoy the surprises and be prepared for the disappointments -- it's going to be a mixed bag tomorrow so far as those elections are concerned. The only given in all of this is that the right will not tamp down the attacks and two more years of this kind of vitriol may land the Republican party right where it was in 2008. Let's hope.

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