Press bashing is altogether too simple, and simplistic, but it is the way we get our information about politics in Nevada and America. Now that we’re a focal point for national interest in a senatorial race it’s hard to avoid the punditry and their continual blathering. However, we do need to avoid them. We do need to ignore the cool kids and their cocktail party conversations in print, at least most of them.
For the next two weeks — shut down the television machine and do something else. Why? Because they really can’t tell us much we don’t already know. Because they want to talk to us about what they want to talk about and not necessarily what we need to know.
The cool kids in front of the cameras and writing as columnists are opinionists. Each day it’s their job to grind out opinion pieces — some better than others, some more informed than others, but always written to be read by other opinion writers and commentators. The other cool kids will comment on what a member of their cohort has written or said, and the cycle continues until the next shiny object floats before their countenances and their off to another topic — because it’s not cool to keep writing about the same topic day after day.
Then the opinionists profess surprise that people, real people, are more interested in health care, than in the latest incident du jour or poll of the moment. Real people are more interested in policy than process; real people are more interested in issues than in the reflections and refractions from the myriad of shiny objects which distract the opinionists and bedazzle the punditry. This is likely because real people understand that health insurance policies which don’t cover pre-existing medical conditions, or only provide coverage at exorbitant premium rates, isn’t helpful. Real people understand, on a daily basis, that if they aren’t seeing their wages keep up with inflation, or they don’t have enough cash in reserve to meet a $500 emergency expense, the economy isn’t working for them.
Turn off the Sunday squawk shows. Why? Because these are more infotainment than substance; more about process and spin than information and analysis. Case in point: The cook kid’s obsession with “Democratic responses.” Let’s face it, we have a misogynistic, sexist, racist, elitist administration in the Oval Office and the Democrats have to come up with ways to respond to it — but with the cool kids there’s no way to win.
Senator Elizabeth Warren responds to at least two years worth of nasty racist taunting with a DNA test and what does she get from the cool kids? Oh, clutch pearls, she’s descending to “his level,” or she doesn’t meet tribal membership qualification standards (that was never the point in the first place.) Is she really announcing her interest in running for the presidency in 2020? The cool kids were ever so busy parsing her announcement for “clues,” and ever so dismissive about her “timing,” her “phrasing,” her “intentions.” Was it just me, or did this smack a bit of the Clinton Treatment? Secretary Clinton writes a book. It was “too soon.” It was “too late.” It was “too personal.” It was not “personal enough.” She should “go away.” She has a responsibility to stay and lead her party. She can’t win with the cool kids in DC, she never could, and now it appears Senator Warren has joined her.
How many members of the Cool Kids Club have noticed the propensity of the Republicans to attack a certain group of people — Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, Fredericka Wilson, Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice, Stacey Abrams, Nancy Pelosi… seeing a pattern here? It’s time to tune out of the punditry’s process analysis parsing, and do some phone calling, door knocking, and talking to some of those people who are more concerned about whether they can afford a trip to the ER than with how the Cocktail Party Club will receive their well crafted and grammatically polished opinion pieces.
It’s also high time to stop listening to the false equivalency gamesmanship. I don’t much care how many times the buffoon in the Oval Office calls Democrats a “mob.” That’s a bull-horn talking point for his base of dead-ender deplorables. Yes, they are deplorable people. A person gets to be deplorable in my estimation when it’s acceptable to invite a self-anointed radical right wing racist thug to a Republican venue, and then offer no apology when he and his associates go out on a New York city street and start beating up people. What on earth could these “Proud Boys” be proud of? It
It is deplorable, in my estimation, when the Tiki Torch carrying, Nazi slogan chanting boys take to the streets of Charlottesville, VA, and then one of their number decides it’s a fine idea to deliberately drive a car into the crowd of anti-nazi demonstrators — killing one young woman. It is NOT a fine idea for Florida Republican leadership to invite White Supremacists to threaten House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Oh, but but but what about Mitch McConnell and some others being shouted at in restaurants? Excuse me… but when did driving into crowds, beating up people in the streets, chanting Nazi slogans within hearing distance of a synagogue, and threatening direct physical violence to the House Minority Leader become “equivalent” to getting shouted at in a restaurant? [I don’t advocate shouting at people in restaurants — I’m rather more the type to tell the management that the mere presence of those people has put me off my feed and I’m leaving — I’ll pay my bill if I’ve already been served (no reason to make the staff pay for my personal quirks) but I’d really rather spot the Deplorables before I order so I can walk out without making any financial contribution to the establishment serving them.]
I, for one, am tired of the false equivalency game, and there’s no reason to listen to it. I have a handy button on my TV remote control that fixes that.
So, please, for the next few days walk precincts if you can, make phone calls, talk to friends and neighbors, do whatever you can whenever you can to Get People Out To Vote. Somehow we need to overcome the gerrymandering, egregious vote suppression tactics, and false electoral information strategies to get to the polls, vote in the polling stations, and make a difference in the trajectory of this country. State by state, county by county, city and town by city and town, ward by ward, precinct by precinct.
There’s enough noise coming from the television sets and radios; but, what we do need to attend to are the needs of our neighbors, the interests of our friends, and the concerns of our cohorts. Vote like our right to vote depends on it. It does. Make America Good Again.