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Schadenfreude summary: Election day minus 1

Obama has "abolished torture" and needs to be more theatrical to appease those silly people who are voting against his party

Tina Brown says that Obama will need to amp up the theatrics after Tuesday. Yep, it’s obvious to all thinking people that since he’s done wonderful things like abolishing torture (yes, she said that), any displeasure among the voters simply must be that they’re taken in by the theatrics of the right. Therefore the obvious solution is to increase theatrics on the left!

It would be harder to find an example of the shallowness and self-absorption of today’s left than Tina Brown. It would also be harder for find an example of just how biased and off the rails the mainstream media has become that Newsweek wanted her as editor.


"Gentlemen, we have to protect our phony-baloney jobs!"

In a desperation move that I can’t recall ever being used before, Harry Reid’s campaign is using congressional aides from out-of-state (specifically from the staff of Max Baucus) to do door-to-door canvassing. Now, remember, the Tea Parties are all astroturf, but the Senate Majority Leader, one of the most powerful incumbents on the planet, can’t find enough volunteers in his own state to go door to door for him. He has to supplement with lobbyists (natch), and congressional aides.

Is that even legal? Not using the snakes lobbyists, I’m talking about the congressional aides. Michael, what say you?


Nate Silver writes Republican election p0rn

A guy with a pretty good reputation on the election prediction front writes up what he thinks is the worst case scenario for the Democrats, with a pretend newspaper story from Wednesday morning. It’s brutal. It even includes Lieberman switching to caucus with Republicans, which if he is retiring after this term would make eminent sense.

Then Silver gives the reasons his imaginings are not so far-fetched. There’s nothing about them that looks very far out to me; in fact in a couple of areas I think he is understating likely effects. An example would be that I think the general animus against professional politician incumbents is stronger than he seems to think. I consider it stronger than it’s ever been in my lifetime.


Labor unions starting pre-election crocodile tears

This is in the NYT, and the article is a variation of the famous joke with the punchline "Women and minorities most affected". In this case, the wailing is for a different Democratic special interest group, organized labor. Here’s a sample:

“All this means that Republicans may well go on the offensive against labor, after two years in which unions have been on the offensive.”

Why that’s bad isn’t really explored in much depth. Of course they give the usual slanted "rebuttals" from Republicans, with cherry picked quotes from them about how their policies are good for businesses. This is classic NYT, nominally presenting the opposing case, but doing so in a way that will satisfy their latte-sipping Manhattanite readers that the Republicans are scum who don’t care about anything but money.


Not the best photo to highlight Obama’s Chicago trip

A black man kneeling to Obama’s limousine is the marquee shot for Obama’s pre-election visit. I notice that the guy put some paper or cardboard down on the street to use as a prayer mat.

I don’t care which side you’re on, if this picture doesn’t inspire revulsion, then you don’t understand what it means to be American.

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15 Responses to Schadenfreude summary: Election day minus 1

  • Billy HollisIt would be harder to find an example of the shallowness and self-absorption of today’s left than Tina Brown.

    No, it wouldn’t be: there are many, many excellent (perhaps better) examples to be find in the White House, on Capitol Hill, in the newsrooms of most major papers and TV networks, NPR, Hollywood, lefty blogs, etc., etc.  This, I think, is a real problem for the left: they really DO come across as elitist, selfish, shallow, self-absorbed, hateful and generally unlikable.  Whether it’s The Dear Golfer hectoring us about being unable to think because we’re scared, Katie Couric going out amongst the “unwashed masses”, Jean-Francois Kerry accusing the entire country of being know-nothings, Joy Behar screeching that Sharon Angle is a b*tch on daytime TV, or Hollywood types like Moore, Clooney, Streisand, etc. telling average people that they’re wicked and destroying the planet just because they want 1/10 of the good life that the Hollywood elites enjoy, lefties have showed their true colors over the past couple of years and a lot of people DON’T LIKE THEM.

    Billy HollisI don’t care which side you’re on, if this picture [of a man kneeling before The Dear Golfer’s limo] doesn’t inspire revulsion, then you don’t understand what it means to be American.

    While the photo does inspire revulsion, I must say that it DOESN’T surprise me: the left has all but deified this clown since the beginning.  Think of the various photos we’ve seen that show him with a halo.  The Greek god pagentry of his nomination.  The songs sung about him by school children.  The people who faint at his rallies.  Hell, I’m surprised that it wasn’t Chris Matthews or Brian Williams or Paul Krugman on his knees, doing homage and worship to The Dear Golfer.

    Incidentally, the deification of The Dear Golfer is another unattractive example of lefty shallowness.  THIS is their messiah???  THIS is their great leader???  THIS is the best they can offer???  THIS is what they worship and adore???  I suppose that this is part of the schadenfreude: the man the left put up on such a pedestal is the man who is leading them to ruin.  Boy, did THEY back the wrong pony!

    • It would be harder to find an example of the shallowness and self-absorption of today’s left than Tina Brown

      >>> Maureen Dowd.  I rest my case  🙂

      • It would be harder to find an example of the shallowness and self-absorption of today’s left than Tina Brown.

        President Obama.

        • Just remember, the POTUS called us “enemies”

          Now he wants to backtrack on that.

          Sorry, no backsies Pres. dirtbag.  You want enemies? You got ’em.  After tomorrow, guess who’s next? You’ll be lucky to be even be a 1-termer.

  • I caught a couple of minutes of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann last night.
    His worry … that some Republican was going to extort (or such) Obama into making his birth certificate public.
    Now there are a lot of problems in this world, but, frankly, this sits near the bottom. There is no death involved .. at least not by the electorate. There is no money involved .. especially not the taxpayer’s money.
    If the worst that can happen as a result of Republicans taking over DC on Tuesday, is the revelation of Barack Obama’s “long form” birth certificate, then there is no better reason to go out and vote for Republicans.

  • I don’t care which side you’re on, if this picture doesn’t inspire revulsion, then you don’t understand what it means to be American.

    You know, Rome went from a Republic and a society where citizens would rather have a hand burnt off than to submit to a king to – in one generation – to a people that upon Caesar’s death actively sought a replacement emperor.
    You don’t think it couldn’t happen again?

  • Their tears are so delicious!  It is sweeter than the sweetest nectar!

    • Just 16 months ago …

      Despairing Republican friends have been asking me what I think we should do to rebuild the GOP and begin our certain and inevitable comeback. My answer disappoints them: “Build an ark.” I say this because I’ve made a career out of counting votes, and the numbers tell a clear story; the demographics of America are changing in a way that is deadly for the Republican Party as it exists today. A GOP ice age is on the way.

      Yeah. I believe in Anthropogenic Climate Change. It’s coming to DC starting tomorrow.

      • The leftist meta-assumption that group identity always trumps individualism has managed to infect even many Republicans, especially establishment bean-counter voter-counter types like this guy.
        It really says that he has lost faith, or never had it in the first place, in the melting pot nature of America. I suppose, given the left’s attempts to impose victimology as the main driver for all minorities, that he can be somewhat forgiven for his confusion. I’d like to think that this election will cause him to do some reflecting on it. But so far, I have not seen a single example, not one, of an establishment Republican figure truly embracing limited government in the light of the rise of the Tea Parties.

  • I don’t expect this tea party thing to have much impact on tomorrow’s election. I don’t know a single person who is voting for them.

  • Caption for the photo:
    “Sorry, I already gave at the office.”

  • Re: the trucking in of congressional aides. On its face, it would appear to be illegal just the same way it would be elegal to the local mailmen to do the same thing. What is clear, even if it is illegal to impress aides to go door-to-door, it won’t matter because Holder won’t allow an investigation.  

    Re: the leftist meta-assumption … which is just about ready to peter-out. The ‘collectivist’ vision is dying just the same way the old ‘take to the streets vision’ died in the late ’60s. Youthful brawn and attitude didn’t make it then and now, the hyper-pseudo-intellectual bamboozal isn’t washing now. No amount of race baiting or other types of smears are working as a shame tactic.

    Finally, Re: on an “establishment Republican figure truly embracing limited government in the light of the rise of the Tea Parties.” Two immediate photo thoughts came to mind, Lamar Alexander and the Republican guy I voted for in TN3. If the Tea Party ever decides to shake up Tennessee then they should get a deer stamp , because those two guys really would just like deer in the headlights. They just don’t have a clue about the Partiers.

    • “Re: the leftist meta-assumption” when the NHS under Labor was being reformed to include more market incentives, you know the Dems are way behind the times.