We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the 1970s a survey was taken of German and American auto executives. They were asked, "What do you do?" The Americans replied, "We sell cars." The Germans answered, "We build cars." It was a difference in corporate culture. The Japanese noticed. They decided to build cars, and they succeeded. Many Americans today, brought up on Pontiacs and Fords, won't own an American car, unless it's a car made in Ohio by a foreign company. What a stunning change.
Of that 34%, 20% voted for Barack H. Obama; that means 6.8% of the electorate both called themselves conservatives and also voted for Obama. (Would that include Christopher Buckley and his ilk?)
Contrariwise, only 10% of self-dubbed liberals voted for John S. McCain. Conservatives defected at twice the rate of liberals.
I think this from VDH is true. Not just because I want to think it's true, but because it's consistent with what I hear from people:
I think many advisors privately are thinking that the turn-out the vote hoopla in key states wasn’t all that much more than in 2004. And for all the talk of a new realignment and the end of the old conservative regime, 2008 is more likely explained as a once in a lifetime alignment of the stars (cf. Carter in 1976): the mid-September meltdown that ruined McCain’s lead; the normal weariness after eight years of incumbency; two wars; a charismatic young and path-breaking Democratic candidate, a liberal's renouncing of public campaign financing to amass $600 million.
Where's Marianne? Did anyone notice the meeting, photo-op with the Obamas and the Bushes yesterday? Bush and Obama had on similar ties, shirts, and suits. Michelle Obama had on bright red, and I don't know how tall she is or if she had on heels, but she towered over both Bushes. Laura Bush had on the ugliest mutt-brown suit. It was really awkward planning - or, maybe not. Missing was Mrs. Obama's tiara.
So, seems the private talks between Obama and Bush were not private any longer than it took Obama to share the news with aides on his airplane. That may be the measure of the man - pure sleaze.
McCain's very public support for a massive taxpayer funded bailout ended his opportunity, which would have been difficult anyway, to get out the conservative vote. Few voters have, or ever will, vote for ticket because of the VP.
On the other hand, the Obama campaign was built on the idea of creating a celebrity. In essence it was "Now you have a chance to vote for the first young, dynamic minority president. Not a stuffy old white guy. How cool is that!"
The 110% media support was mobilized to ensure that this edifice was never questioned by either political or personal issues that he would be forced to respond to, or by experience questions. In fact, he was able to be all things to all people.
Meta, my friend ... I'm here, dear. Just trying to control my inner distaste for this Democrat frenzy, so that I can try to figure out how we can defeat it. See my above note on the Genteel, Loyal Opposition posting. I think our way forward will become clearer when the Obama Team actually does something, rather than just whinge on endlessly about Hope and Change.
First, I think we really need to take the new Democrat propaganda machine, the Nation's so-called news Media, to task, quite constantly, for their betrayal of us, the American public. That is hugely important. Without an objective press, or a press that at least strives to be objective, all our liberties are in danger.
Up 'til now, I've just been a fascinated observer as the dead tree media, and the captive commercial TV media, have been busy crafting their own destruction, as the Internet becomes more and more the source for real information for intelligent American citizens. Yes, it does take quite a bit longer each day to winkle out the truth from all the conflicting websites with different opinions. But it's worth it. Because the traditional media have consistently betrayed us in the last ten years, by abandoning even the slightest effort to portray both aspects of a story.
I don't know how to attack this problem. Letters to the Editor are useless -- a joke, if you will, a palliative offered to us, the Great Unwashed, by the newspaper powers-that-be. They know we're powerless and they don't care even to conceal their scorn.
In the dear dead days of my youth, Managing Editors and Editors in Chief of the really good newspapers did pay attention to thoughtful, well-written Letters to the Editor, in an effort to serve their customers better and to have a window into customer reaction. Now, they just giggle over their cigars.
So what can we do about this? I think that the valiant warriors of the Internet are already doing quite a bit. Maggies Farm is a shining example of how effective a small but impressive group of people can affect the opinions of many. I suspect that as sites like this one join others with a similar mandate, their influence will be multiplied many times over. They will eventually join together with others of similar mind and create sites like American Thinker and Townhall to increase their influence over Internet readers. And papers like the formerly respectable New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle et al will spiral downward into supermarket newsheets.
There is a lot of talk among the conservative bloggers to get on the stick and centralize where the RNC can't seem to the job. The Internet will continue to play a bigger role, and now that the right has seen the wicked power of the left sites, they're regrouping. U.S. News & World Report has stopped its paper edition and is now online. Many more to follow.