06 November 2004

Whining and Gnashing of Teeth

The Bitterness and recriminations continue in particularly vivid prose here wherein (the ironically named) Jane Smiley of Slate magazine makes really, really nasty implications about us. Some excerpts . .

" . . . The error that progressives have consistently committed over the years is to underestimate the vitality of ignorance in America. Listen to what the red state citizens say about themselves, the songs they write, and the sermons they flock to. They know who they are—they are full of original sin and they have a taste for violence. The blue state citizens make the Rousseauvian mistake of thinking humans are essentially good, and so they never realize when they are about to be slugged from behind . . ."

LOL Poor Jane, she still doesn't get it. More as I find it and review it-SpinDaddy

Here is another good synopsis of the elections, and the lefts predictable reaction to it, from Mark Steyn
" . . . On the morning of Nov. 2, the condescending left were convinced that Bush was an idiot. By the evening of Nov. 2, they were convinced that the electorate was. Or as London's Daily Mirror put it in its front page: "How Can 59,054,087 People Be So DUMB?" Yes, Yes insulting a clear majority in an election, always an effective presusaion tactic.. LOL
Well, they're British lefties: They can do without Americans. Whether an American political party can do without Americans is more doubtful. Nonetheless, MSNBC.com's Eric Alterman was mirroring the Mirror's sentiments: "Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care about what those of us in the 'reality-based community' say or believe about anything." Over at Slate, Jane Smiley's analysis was headlined, "The Unteachable Ignorance Of The Red States.'' If you don't want to bother plowing your way through Alterman and Smiley, a placard prominently displayed by a fetching young lad at the post-election anti-Bush rally in San Francisco cut to the chase: "F--- MIDDLE AMERICA."

Almost right, man. It would be more accurate to say that "MIDDLE AMERICA" has "F---ed" you, and it will continue to do so every two years as long as Democrats insist that anyone who disagrees with them is, ipso facto, a simpleton -- or "Neanderthal," as Teresa Heinz Kerry described those unimpressed by her husband's foreign policy. . . "

Update -9NOV04-
And this in from the NYT Where Carville and Shrum are eating crow. Shrum appears to still not get it ". . . News events were driving this, including the Osama bin Laden tape, at the end," said Robert Shrum, a senior adviser to Mr. Kerry. "The economy was not driving the news coverage . . ." -Bob; that's because the economy is a very solid Bush achievement in spite of inheriting a recession, the catastrophic attacks of 11SEP01, and an ongoing war.

Think about that Bob.

President Bush has led an economy that is as strong as Bubba Clintons was when he was re-elected in 1996. The astounding difference is that the only pressing concern Bubba had on his mind, was the next time he could enjoy a little quality time with his intern girlfriend Monica.

I doubt that they will heed this well intentioned advice from the sychphantic sympathizer David Broder but just for laughs here is an excerpt
". . .Sam Rayburn, the great mid-20th century Democratic speaker of the House, was noted for a line he used on the more obtuse members of his party who failed to learn the lesson of a political setback. "There's no education in the second kick of a mule," he would say . . ."