Thursday, November 8, 2012
Not Entirely Unexpected
The election's finally over, and Obama won by a respectable-enough lead that nobody but the conspiracy buffs are claiming it wasn't a valid win. The GOP also took serious hits in the legislature and the local races, and a lot of them are stumbling around wondering what went wrong -- after all, they did outspend the competition, by a huge margin, on advertising.
Looking back, it's obvious by 20-20 hindsight that the Republicans' contempt for the intelligence of the average American voter did them in, but -- yes -- it was questionable for awhile. None of the political pundits seemed to have any reliable data on the real attitude of the public, as viz. those numerous conflicting polls. This is remarkable given all the information available these days; one can only assume that the "experts" didn't know where to look, or how to evaluate the data.
At least the reporters did their duty and announced all over the media every hypocrisy, every contradiction, every stupidity, every bigotry that the candidates displayed -- and the GOP's share of them outweighed the Dems', beyond denial or doubt. There's never been a better example of the need for free and uncensored media. The interesting part is that the viewers were quite able to absorb the broadcast facts while ignoring the surrounding flood of political ads. Maybe decades of watching TV shows interrupted by commercial ads has immunized us against even the cleverest of propaganda.
Another interesting item -- overlooked unless you know what to look for -- was the increased percentage of independent, Libertarian and even Green party votes apparent in the federal votes: anything from 1% to 12%. I'm currently trying to find the percentage in state and local votes, but the media are being a bit coy about that. Hmmmm... More later.
--Leslie <;)))>< Fish