Sunday, November 30, 2008

Maybe This Is Old News To You...

...but, let me say this: our next President is pretty damned smart.

Why am I confident enough to say this without qualifications? Listen to the Chairleg Of Truth—It Does Not Lie! There is no more sure sign of personal intelligence than a well-developed sense of comic timing.

Monday, November 17, 2008

But my dog is trained!!!

The title above is a phrase your hear quite a bit here in Long Beach, Calinfornia where Mojo and I live. Usually from dog owning goofs while we watch their dogs run out into traffic or scrap with other dogs, all the while with their owners holding the leash they are supposed to attach to their dogs.

This plaintive whine was echoing in my head when I read this article by a former right wing talk show host producer. Here is a part that caught by eye:
Conservative talk show hosts would receive daily talking points e-mails from the Bush White House, the Republican National Committee and, during election years, GOP campaign operations. They’re not called talking points, but that’s what they are. I know, because I received them, too. During my time at WTMJ, Charlie would generally mine the e-mails, then couch the daily message in his own words. Midday talker Jeff Wagner would be more likely to rely on them verbatim. But neither used them in their entirety, or every single day.

This is not exactly shocking news to anyone who has listened to this kind of talk radio before. And yes, it's quite an effective club to have in your bag as a political operation. But it does not capture a critical part of the talk radio issue that is detrimental to the electoral fortunes of a party that is struggling right now to compete with critical voting blocs that do not listen to talk radio.
check this:
But the key reason talk radio succeeds is because its hosts can exploit the fears and perceived victimization of a large swath of conservative-leaning listeners. And they feel victimized because many liberals and moderates have ignored or trivialized their concerns and have stereotyped these Americans as uncaring curmudgeons.

Ah yes, its your fault hippies! But the key phrase here is "percieved victimization". And talk radio has always relied on that great of American polemical devices: Foreign Immigrants.

What has to be understood about the immigration issues that drove a bunch of numbnuts to the border is that it did not emanate from the bowels of the conservative think tanks or from RNC political operatives, they were at best along for the ride. Immigration hysteria got started on talk radio. Because it was an area they could disagree with the administration, bash on the liberals and hate foreigners at the same time. A Trifecta!

The problem is that the GOP was killed in key swing states among Latino voters. Who are likely very unhappy with the racist spew coming their way everytime talk radio gets cranked up about immigration, legal or otherwise. The truth is talk radio has slipped it's leash. Limbaugh is the most important power broker in the party today. And if he and the rest of the talk show goof brigade become less a political actualizer and more a way of shrinking the base and chasing out moderates and growing voter blocs like Latinos, that is a problem. And it's not a problem that has anything to do with teh straw man of liberal elites or geographical bias. We didn't force them to broadcast hate and fear all day long, they did that themselves.

Good luck with that Necks!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fear And Loathing In Minnesota

The Mighty Atrios says that the contested Minnesota race for U.S. Senate between our hero Al Franken and the despicable Norm Coleman has entered the "lawyers, guns and money phase" and that the money goes here.

I want to know where to bring the guns.

Monday, November 03, 2008

I may have to change my mind about tomorrow

Who can resist the compelling case offered by Fafblog to vote for John McCain? A sample:

B: Now rural Pennsylvania isn't the most exciting place in the world, but I don't know if I'd call it -
MCCAIN: And I will rescue America and, and take her for my demon bride.
FB: We really gotta go, John McCain.
MCCAIN: We shall reign for ten thousand years.

Damn you Fafblog!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Thank You, Danny Elfman

Via FDL, comes the video above from Danny Elfman's political action committee. Can I just say that I've never felt better about being an admirer of Mr. Elfman? The man is a national treasure.

And now, a message from Barak Obama

Just something to keep in mind as we imagine all the various ways this could go wrong.