Category Archives: Political Commentary

Another Planet

A little island near the mouth of the Hudson River.

I don’t know if this article is intended to be funny or not, but I found it hilarious, and dripping with irony.

Upper middle class Brooklynites called red state voters misinformed and self-interested. And outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem, residents cried that the fix was in and Bush had stolen another election.

“I’m devastated,” writer Emma Starr said as she left the nation’s largest member-owned and -operated food co-op. “I have proposed that we should have two distinct nations. Why should we be forced to live together under the rule of an evil dictator?”

…One-third of voters surveyed in nationwide Associated Press exit polls called themselves conservative, one-fifth liberal.

The opposite was true in New York, where about one-third of voters called themselves liberal, compared with one-fifth who identified themselves as conservative.

Three quarters of the city’s voters pulled the lever for Kerry, compared with 48 percent of voters nationwide…

…Dr. Charles Goodstein, a psychiatrist at NYU Medical Center, described the patients with whom he spoke Wednesday as deeply saddened.

“It’s had a real impact on them,” he said. “There’s a sense of hope that’s been given up, the loss of an ideal, a kind of pessimistic view of the world.”

He said, however, that what he was seeing was not clinical depression and he expected the somber mood to lift eventually.

Yes. Let us pray for them–as people from Jesusland, it’s the least we can do.

[Update on Thursday morning]

Jeez. Here’s another one, even worse.

“I’m saddened by what I feel is the obtuseness and shortsightedness of a good part of the country – the heartland,” Dr. Joseph said. “This kind of redneck, shoot-from-the-hip mentality and a very concrete interpretation of religion is prevalent in Bush country – in the heartland.”

“New Yorkers are more sophisticated and at a level of consciousness where we realize we have to think of globalization, of one mankind, that what’s going to injure masses of people is not good for us,” he said.

His friend, Ms. Cohn, a native of Wisconsin who deals in art, contended that New Yorkers were not as fooled by Mr. Bush’s statements as other Americans might be. “New Yorkers are savvy,” she said. “We have street smarts. Whereas people in the Midwest are more influenced by what their friends say.”

“They’re very 1950’s,” she said of Midwesterners. “When I go back there, I feel I’m in a time warp.”

Dr. Joseph acknowledged that such attitudes could feed into the perception that New Yorkers are cultural elitists, but he didn’t apologize for it.

“People who are more competitive and proficient at what they do tend to gravitate toward cities,” he said.

Like those in the rest of the country, New Yorkers stayed up late watching the results, and some went to bed with a glimmer of hope that Mr. Kerry might yet find victory in some fortuitous combination of battleground states. But they awoke to reality. Some politically conscious children were disheartened – or sleepy – enough to ask parents if they could stay home. But even grownups were unnerved.

This thing almost reads like an Iowahawk parody, but I think that the reporters are serious.

An Amusing New Map

Except that I suspect that eastern Washington, Oregon and BC, and all of Alberta would prefer to be part of greater Texas.

The best way to really figure out where the boundaries should be is to look at it by county, instead of by state. Then all you get is a few little socialist enclaves (unable to defend themselves, since they’d presumably outlaw guns) in a sea of Texas and Jesusland.

One More Thing

Can we put to bed this weird myth about John Kerry being a “good closer“? He’s really a pretty lousy politician, and has only survived in his Senate races by being a liberal plant in the hothouse of Massachusetts. He couldn’t survive out in the wild of the rest of the country.

The frightening thing is that Bush really was vulnerable this year, and the donkeys screwed up by picking one of the worst possible candidates, because they foolishly thought that Kerry’s Vietnam record would somehow inoculate them against being soft on defense. In retrospect, I think that a Gephardt, or a Biden, or particularly a Lieberman (I might have even voted for him, despite the dreary prospect of having to listen to his whiny voice for four years) could have knocked him off.

The Last Gasp Of A Biased Media?

Dick Morris thinks that the exit polls were deliberately screwed up.

If so, why? To discourage and suppress the Republican vote?

Maybe. After all, it worked in Florida in 2000, when the early (false) call of the state for Gore reduced Bush turnout in the panhandle (where polls closed an hour later).

Whatever happened, I agree that we need to understand it–it may indeed have been one last attempt of many through this election season by a now shameless MSM to steal an election. Fortunately, they are even bigger losers at this point than John Kerry. As is John Zogby. He may have trouble getting people to pay attention to him next time.

[Update at 9 AM EST]

Michael Barone has a plausible theory about how it happened:

My own suspicion is that some Democrats

Just The Shouting Left

He got a majority of the popular vote for the first time since his father did it. He got, in fact, more votes than any presidential candidate in history. No one can rationally claim that he was “selected, not elected” this time. If John F. Kennedy was a legitimate president with a mandate for his policies, with only a plurality of the vote and a fraction of a percentage more than Nixon, so now is George Bush much more so, as a sitting president.

The deep divisions won’t end, of course, nor will the cries of “Halliburton,” “Chimp,” “Hitler,” “Ooooiiiillll” from the fever swamps, but let’s hope that the Dems will finally have figured out that they must confine that infection to the loony fringes of their party, instead of giving it honored box seats at their convention, if they ever hope to regain power. Let us hope also that we have finally fought the last battle of the Vietnam War, and that America finally won.