As you may have noticed, I’ve changed the look here. I’m not sure I’m going to keep it, but I’m going to give a while. We’re almost at the end of a very eventful year, and next year is likely to be equally eventful. Hopefully not as eventful when it comes to natural disasters, but it’s going to be one anyways. In a few weeks, we’ll start into the primary season, and that’ll take up a good portion of the news. No matter what, things are going to be … interesting. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do here, but I am sure I’ll have an opinion.
One of the things I’m going to be interested in, is seeing just who is left standing in the Republican field at the end of January. While this is a good thing, at the same time, it has made me realize just how much trouble the Republican Party is in. As much as it’s been entertaining, and definitely blog fodder, it’s disturbing to see the sheer ineptness. It’s an amateur hour instead of a serious run for the presidency. It’s the failure to properly vet themselves, to plan on how they’re going to present their message, and even make the ballot in some states that is just jaw-dropping. If you can’t take care of the basics of a national campaign, what makes you think you’re going to be able to take care of the country?
A little note to any of the “purists”: The next time someone advises you to “stay home” to “send a message,” ignore them. In fact, anyone who espouses staying home instead of voting is not a “real progressive,” they’re actually advocating for the Republicans. Milt Shook pointed it out over at Please Cut The Crap – Republicans win by suppressing voting, Democrats win when people vote. In 2010, there were a lot who advocated staying home , and look how that worked out. If there was ever a case of shooting yourself in the foot, that was it.
It’s not just that the House went to Republican control. States went to Republicans. Rachel Maddow put it this way: “If Congress is where policy goes to die, the states were where the Republicans let their freak flag fly. ” What does that mean? It means you end up with anti-union measures, voting laws to combat non-existent “fraud,” anti-immigration measures, cuts in services, and other things. Oh, and as a little point, it also handed redistricting to them, and I guarantee you that most aren’t interested in making things “fair.”
One of the things to remember when you see some of the “Professional Left” advocate this way: They’re not going to get hurt by it. No, seriously, they’re not. If they’re not in the 1%, they’re damn close. Michael Moore, Keith Olbermann, Arianna Huffington, Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, et.al., will still have a nice comfortable lifestyle, in fact, will make more money if the Republicans win. It’s to their benefit if it happens. You might want think about that the next time one of them tells you to “send a message” and not vote.