It’s mildly entertaining to see the same brilliant media folk who blew their analysis so badly during the last election, struggle to try to figure out the next election.
First, you can ask the legitimate question of why those who so totally missed the mark in 2010 are allowed back in the room to pretend they can figure out 2012, but “progressive” media are not real keen on change. If you used Dan Rather in 2010 you still have his cell number, so you call him again to fill the seat in 2012. Forget whether the analysis is accurate or insightful, you just need another leftist there to confirm the views of the host and the other leftists on the panel.
The “company line” before the last election was that the tea party would have little or no effect, or a negative effect on Republicans chances. These are the same people who are telling us that the movement is now dead and will have no effect on the next election.
After a while you get the distinct impression that these supposed expert analysts are telling us what they hope becomes true, instead of what will actually happen. Imagine that.
It’s like not seeing a freight train coming straight at you at 60MPH because you hope it’s not there. What train? What tea party? What $10 million raised by Mitt Romney in 8 hours? What Herman Cain speech blasting Obama?
The impact of the fiscally responsible tea party movement during the last election was not that hard to see. The media chose to not see the tea party for what it is because they did not want to see it. If they just keep ignoring it or disparage it enough, it will go away and they can go on with their lives dedicated to propping up Reid, Pelosi and Obama (how’s that workin fer ya?)
Also, while I’m at it, do you notice that the same people complaining that Republicans are waiting too long to declare their candidacy are the same ones who complain that the election lasts too long? Can’t win there. For some perspective, Bill Clinton didn’t officially get into the 1992 presidential race until October 1991.
To watch Rachel Maddow give advice to Republicans on how they need to moderate to win in 2012 was laughable. Who thinks Maddow wants to give good advice to Republicans, and who thinks she even could if she wanted to? She has no idea what the tea party movement is all about and she does not want to know—but still, there she is, offering up her brilliant advice this weekend on The Chris Matthews Show about what Republicans need to do to win in 2012. Her message, along with the rest of the panelists was 12-0 (The Matthews Meter of “experts”) that Republicans need to compromise with Democrats if they want to be successful in 2012. 12-0 calling for R’s to compromise with D’s. No doubt about that one folks, I think these brilliant media minds have this all figured out, and we certainly know they have the Republicans best interest at heart here.
Maddow even said that Republicans are not entering the race yet because they are afraid because “none of them can bear the direct question, would you vote for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’s Medicare plan?” Seriously Rachel, you really believe that’s the reason or do you just hope that’s the reason? There are already ads being run by Democrats against Romney because of his support of the Ryan Plan. Go down the list of presumed Republican candidates–other than the Newt screw-up last week, they are all on board, and now Gingrich has said he is there.
Still, these are the folks who are traipsed out each week and trusted to give us an honest view of what the Republicans need to do.
A reader here reminded me of the quote of John Swinton, probably the top journalist in the 1880’s who wrote for the New York Times. It fits here. Swinton was being toasted for his distinguished career and he offered this brutal honesty;
“There is no such thing, at this stage of the world’s history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my papers, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
Seriously, the train is on the tracks and it’s coming straight at ’em and they’ve got their eyes slammed shut and hands over their ears. If they don’t see it, then it didn’t happen. Wack!