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Wednesday, November 7. 2012
Damn, those first two hours sure were fun, weren't they? Right up until around 9:30 Eastern when PA was called for Obama. Pretty much all downhill from there.
Better luck next time.
The three scariest headlines I saw this morning were all on ABC News:
And there were a couple of ironic notes concerning the bloggers. Allahpundit over at Hot Air led off his pre-election post with this:
As of 11:30 last night, Virginia was still undecided.
And in my own post, I noted that, while Ohio was getting all the press, Florida, with its mass of electoral votes, was the real swing state to watch.
As of this morning:
At this precise moment, Florida is still undecided. The only one so, no less.
Speaking of which, you know that stereotype you have about us South Floridians lazing around the beach all day long being served fancy drinks by scantily-clad wahines? The reason it's a stereotype is because it's true.
But, like the victims of Hurricane Sandy struggling to get their votes cast, we South Floridians faced our own horrific weather-related challenge yesterday:
Miami-Area Voters Wait Long Hours in Tropical Heat to Cast Votes
Below the fold I'll offer up some notes on why this wasn't as bad as it seems for the Repubs, and why it's not as good as it seems for the Dems. Fair is fair.
— Remember, presidents don't make laws. They can push them and back them and endorse them and speak highly of them — not to mention issuing Executive Orders by the barrelful — but they can't make them. And by retaining control of the House, we have a decent chance of stopping whatever mischief he starts, as we did with Cap 'n Trade, Card Check, and pretty much everything except ObamaCare which was passed at midnight under the shadiest of circumstances.
— Obama's win was actually excellent news for the right-wing bloggers. It'll keep 'em focused over the next four years, give 'em something to do and you something to read. With a Romney win and the lack of a common enemy, I foresee a bunch of intercine fighting over sub-issues (like the way certain sites pushed to have the Christian group that had previously sponsored CPAC replaced by the gay group GOProud) and an overall splintering from within. Longtime readers know that Centrist bloggers like myself have no qualms attacking sites like Hot Air, and I would expect this to do nothing but magnify. It's a lot more fun talking about something stupid Allahpundit just said than something Harry Reid just said. At this point in time, Harry Reid is boring.
— And think of the poor conservative cartoonists! What would Chris Muir from Day By Day and Stilton Jarlsberg of Hope n' Change do with a Romney win? Wallow in deep despair for weeks on end and then jump off a cliff would be a good guess. When your raison d'etre has been removed, what else is there to do except take the noble way out?
— James Taranto in his Best Of The Web Today column yesterday made this point:
So if the problems from ObamaCare and high gas prices and unemployment rates and all the rest continue, maybe it's a good thing we didn't inherit this mess. Maybe it'll be best in the long run.
— People like me, who really thought America had awakened and were ready to usher in a brand new day, will become disinterested in both politics and the American public in general. Basically, whatever shit happens to them now, they deserve it. As for 2016 and again attempting that ushering-in-a-brand-new day routine, why bother? The people have shown decisively they're not interested in brand new days.
— What's particularly depressing is that exit polls showed that "fixing the economy" was still at the top of everybody's list — so how do you fix an economy by reelecting the status quo? When critics call America's voting public 'dumb', this is what they mean.
— Sites like Maggie's Farm, which once were so innocent and fun, will remain the political gasbags they've become since 2008. A Romney win might have allowed them to settle down a bit, but now we're facing another 4 years where 90% of this site will be political, political, political, in one form or another. Global warming, the higher ed bubble, almost whatever the subject, you'll be seeing it through the eyes of the political prism.
Me, I'm gonna go work on my baseball post.
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The Hell you say, Doc! You know you're going to slip and say something that's red meat to us voracious carnivores, and we're gonna love you for it.
I fail to see how a post on baseball could be so controversial.
Well, unless you're not an S.F. Giants fan, of course.
Some egos are bound to be bruised.
Obama won with 15% real unemployment, gas prices sky high, $6 trillion dollars in new debt, poverty & food stamps at an all time high, crime, murder, drug addiction, and mayhem on the rise, citys in ruin and going bankrupt ....etc etc etc.
Let us fully implement all of the liberal ideas for the next four years. Yes we will all suffer, but sometimes REAL excruciating pain is ...all that people will understand. Let’s stop drilling, close down the coal fired power plants, build those wind farms, Fully implement obamacare, punitively raise taxes, increase regulations, cut off the Keystone pipeline, open the borders, legalize drugs, celebrate Homo marriage and abortion and infanticide, hell lets legalize bestiality, pedophilia, and polygamy, lets embrace the Muslim brotherhood and Shari law. These are all things that Democrats advocate.
If we as a country have chosen to go to hell, let’s do it in a hurry. Let’s have the full Monty. Let’s let the children have all of the candy they want. We've tinkered around with their ideas for the past few years and half the country still hasn't learned. Lets give them what they want. We need to stop fighting them. Its time that they/we EXPERIENCE what its like to live in Spain or Greece. I’ve had family members tell me, “well the world is coming to an end anyway”. WTH so we vote to usher it in at a faster pace? I’m done fighting...... society has changed to much, and sadly us conservatives way of thinking hasn’t. I’m switching party's....I’m gonna go ahead and embrace the EVIL. Thank you progressive friends and family members for helping me to see the light.
I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes, like when I hear of some wild-ass plan by the EPA, my initial thought is, "Sure, great idea, let's give it a try," foreseeing the likely hike in prices, lack of availability, etc, inflaming the masses. Put another way, only when the EPA really has a say will people realize how evil and obtrusive it is.
The problem is, the media will then tell the public that the high prices, lack of availability, etc, aren't really the EPA's fault -- it's the Republicans' fault for being such darn -- here comes that word -- obstructionists.
"If it weren't for the obstructionist Republicans, our plan would have worked," said John Hawthorne, spokesperson for the EPA. "Only by raising gas prices to $50 a gallon would our plan to prevent global warming have succeeded. By limiting it to just $20 a gallon, the Republicans have not only endangered our lives, but our childrens'."
Right, so we need to quit being obstructionist. Dont give them ANY excuse to blame conservatives. I am really commited to doing this. I am going to become a democrat. I really really think we need go full on progressive agenda. This is what the electorate voted for. I am commited to doing this for the next four years. I have spent my entire adult life working in energy. It goes against everything I know but this is what the people want.
Well, er, don't jump over the edge. For starters, if you were going to lead the way, you'd need financial backing to get the word out. George Soros might be interested. :)
But, can our aged Supreme Court Justices hold out another four years?
They say voters get the government they deserve.
What are going to say to our mothers and our fathers when Medicare refuses to treat them because they've shifted $718 billion to Obamacare to treat illegal immigrants and the morbidly obese young?
One of the post-election articles I read this morning said something about "keeping the justices well-supplied with vitamins". So, yeah, it's a worry.
Basically, whatever shit happens to them now, they deserve it.
What's the old Mencken chestnut? Something like "the people will get the government they deserve, and they'll get it good and hard?"
. . . but now we're facing another 4 years where 90% of this site will be political, political, political, in one form or another.
Well, if the personal is the political, and Progressives are so determined to inflict their politics on everybody's person, that's the rational response.
You're describing the John Galt response. It's very attractive. There's a reason the book is popular.
I'm eagerly awaiting part 2 of 'Atlas' to arrive on Netflix. I want to watch the whole thing at once.
As for her books, I read most of them about 30 years ago. At the time, I actually enjoyed 'The Fountainhead' more than 'Atlas Shrugged', but that might change now if I re-read them.
Her best? I always thought 'Anthem' was at the top of the list.
The discovery of the word I.