Once in a while, I like to do an OpinionList just on politics. Today is one of those times.
1, The Myth Of The Liberal Media: I’ve been thinking about writing a post on this subject for the longest time and it seems that now I don’t have to. That’s because David Akadjian of The Washington Spectator has put together “13 Things Everyone Would Know If We Really Did Have Liberal Media.” He discusses ALEC, Glass-Steagall, media consolidation, and gerrymandering among others and asks, “If we have a ‘liberal media,’ where are the liberal stories?” I’ve been asking the same question myself.
2. Seniors Vote, Senior Votes: The Atlantic headlines “Are Seniors Souring On The Republican Party,” and answers it with this subtitle, “The GOP has lost more support among voters over 65 than any other demographic group in recent months.” In fact, “Just 28 percent of voters 65 and older had a favorable view of the Republican Party in a national survey conducted last month by the Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, versus 40 percent who had a positive view of the Democrats.” Well, it was about time. They say that with age comes wisdom, but I was wondering if for American seniors age was coming alone, when referring to politics. I’m glad to know that it’s not.
3. Reid Reads Between The Lines: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voiced his concern over the GOP’s long-lasting opposition to President Obama by saying, “My counterpart, Mitch McConnell, said…that he had one goal — and that is to defeat Obama and make sure he wasn’t re-elected. And that’s how they legislate in the Senate. It was really bad. And we’re now seven months into this second term of the president’s and they haven’t changed much. It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail, and I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.” If Senator Reid had read my post The Substance and Form of Marco Rubio’s SOTU Response, back in February, he would know that the GOP’s position expressed by their “Great Latino Hope” (at that time) is “caca,” which is Spanish for poo, otherwise known as excrement, or simply s#%t. But, since their substance stinks, does it mean that their opposition is due to racism? Undoubtedly, to what extent, however, I don’t know. I do know that racism is often the fruit of ignorance, and there’s no short supply of that in today’s tea-drunk GOP.
4. Speaking Of Rubio & Caca: Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce writes, “It has been amusing to watch Marco Rubio, The Future Of The Rebranded GOP, try to struggle free of the shrink wrap while half his party flings poo at him.” Pierce, of course, is referring to immigration reform. I could try to explain how he illustrates Rubio’s mistake in choosing immigration as his road-to-the-White-House pet project, but he does it so much better in his own words, “He was going to be the guy who led his party out of its increasingly tiny, and largely melanin-free, wilderness. He was the party’s voice of reason on Immigration Reform. Christ above, did he back the wrong horse. He discovered to his horror that his party likes being in the wilderness. You can eat with your fingers, run around shoeless, and pee behind trees. By the time he figured all of this out, the party had found Ted Cruz, who is completely nuts, but who is as Cuban as Rubio. Right now, Marco Rubio looks as relevant to Republican politics going forward as Robert Taft does.” LOL, seriously.
Note: Original Publication Date: 8-16-13. Publication date has been changed exclusively for display purposes.