If these represent only 15 percent of the electorate… why are they getting so much coverage?
Firstly, keep these portions in mind as you read my comments:
Sherrod was forced to resign after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted an edited version of a March speech in which said she was initially reluctant to help a white farmer save his farm more than two decades ago, long before she worked for USDA. Vilsack and others, including the NAACP, condemned the remarks before grasping the full context of her speech, which was meant as a lesson in racial healing.
Clearly, the Obama administration over-reacted, fearful, as a high-level official put it, of having the Sherrod story show up on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show. Why they are so intimidated by Beck and his ilk is a mystery. Their followers, and those who identify with the Tea Party, represent no more than 15 percent of all voters. Moreover, very few of Beck’s (or Limbaugh’s) devotees would even consider voting for a Democrat. After all, they think Obama is a Marxist, a Muslim, and a foreigner. This is not a constituency that Obama and the Democrats are going to win over by appearing to be bipartisan or middle-of-the-road.
And if Obama and his inner circle are worried that Breitbart’s and Beck’s poison will spread from their base among right-wing zealots and start influencing “independent” and “swing” voters… and thus help sway close elections toward Republican candidates… then the best way to prevent that from happening is to fight back, and challenge their lies and distortions, not run away and hide, or capitulate, as they did by firing Van Jones, abandoning ACORN, and firing Shirley Sherrod.
Let’s keep this one simple. Andrew Bretibart posted a deliberately misleading video on a federal official leading to that official losing her job. That means that he lied, with malice aforethought. There’s something I note… the Washington Times hasn’t fired him for such a slanderous action. Frankly, the Department of Agriculture should file suit against Mr Breitbart for having slandered one of their employees. Don’t take it lying down.
Secondly, if this constituency is only some 15 percent of the electorate, why is the press focusing on them and not the “silenced majority?” Why is the press obsessively covering the controversy over the “mosque” that isn’t a mosque? The people with placards are nutters… let them demonstrate, that’s free speech, of course, but you don’t have to give their lunacy any airtime.
Hmm… I seem to recall from my American History classes in college that there was an election that was supposedly in the bag for the GOP. In fact, a newspaper printed the headline, “Dewey Wins”. There was one problem with that… the election was won by Harry Truman. We can deny the Tea Party victory in November… but only if we go toe-to-toe with them, fight them as hard as they attack us, and show ourselves more gritty and feisty than they are. Let’s not forget, every candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin in the primaries went down to defeat.
The mood this year is anti-incumbent, NOT pro-Republican. There are ten more weeks until the election. I believe that the Tea Party has shot its bolt. Don’t forget… the only poll that counts is the election. I think that there are going to be surprises for everyone in it.
Tuesday 24 August 2010