Monday, March 02, 2009

Conservatives... a bunch of whiny schoolgirls

Anybody watching Burn Notice knows I cribbed one of Bruce Campbell's lines. Good line, first thing that came mind this morning when I realized these three articles go together.

From yesterday's Washington Post, The Conservatives' 'Cleansing' Moment:
"McConnell painted a bleak picture: Republicans have vanished from the congressional delegations in New England. The Republican nominee won only 4 percent of the African American vote in the presidential election and did poorly among Hispanics as well. Large swaths of the electorate have stopped paying attention to Republicans, he said.

'You can walk from Canada to Mexico and from Montana to Maine without ever leaving a state in this country that has a Democratic governor,' McConnell said.

Huckabee sounded a populist note: 'We've got to get the word out that the Republican Party is not just a haven for rich white guys who want to get richer.'"

And why is it there has to be a Republican governor between Maine and Montana?

And, as for Huckabee, do you really believe that you are not the party of the rich? You really drank deep the Kool-Aid these past 29 years.

"Grabe and Bucy found the volume of news coverage focusing exclusively on each party -- one measure of media bias -- favored Republicans. Their research found there were more single-party stories about Republicans overall and in each election year except 1992. When they studied the time duration of these stories, no pattern of favoritism was evident.

But they did spot differences when they studied visual coverage, that is, with the volume turned down.

'Reporters do exercise control over production decisions,' they write in their book. 'The internal structure of news stories -- their placement in the newscast, editing techniques and manipulations related to camera angles, shot lengths, eyewitness perspectives and zoom movements -- is at the volition of news workers, free of the influence of image handlers.'"
William Kristol - Republicans' Day of Reckoning:
"Conservatives and Republicans will disapprove of this effort. They will oppose it. Can they do so effectively?

Perhaps -- if they can find reasons to obstruct and delay. They should do their best not to permit Obama to rush his agenda through this year. They can't allow Obama to make of 2009 what Franklin Roosevelt made of 1933 or Johnson of 1965. Slow down the policy train. Insist on a real and lengthy debate. Conservatives can't win politically right now. But they can raise doubts, they can point out other issues that we can't ignore (especially in national security and foreign policy), they can pick other fights -- and they can try in any way possible to break Obama's momentum. Only if this happens will conservatives be able to get a hearing for their (compelling, in my view) arguments against big-government, liberal-nanny-state social engineering -- and for their preferred alternatives."

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