What frustrates me is how many people fail to see the big picture when making comments and forming opinions. With the grand predictions throughout the corporate media that the GOP is poised to take back the Senate, everything matters and everything, no matter how disparate and unimportant it may seem to these individuals, is linked and interrelated.
What are you seeing in the news now? The Republicans MIGHT be in trouble in a few races but the Dems are in more trouble in the races they need to win. Here this enough, just like the way any propaganda campaign works, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Scott Walker holds a small lead over Mary Burke in the latest polls so what does that tell you? McConnell still has a real chance to win reelection and what does that tell you? Walker has decimated the unions in his state but he’s till running ahead of Burke.
What it tells you is that the Democrats are still doing a piss-poor job at selling their candidates and some of the candidates themselves are doing a piss-poor job of selling themselves. The Repubs have had forty years to perfect their sales pitch and control the political narrative in this country with the help of right wing TV and talk radio stations in every town in America. The last stats I read showed that Fox/right wing radio is in 500 radio markets nationwide while liberal talk radio was in just 50 markets–and this was two years ago. The number of radio markets carrying liberal talk have dwindled since then and in many radio markets where liberal talk is still limping along, the shows can only be found on low-powered college stations or low-powered independent radio stations. In many ways the Democrats themselves have enabled this.
There is absolutely no reason at this point after the way the GOP-controlled Congress has been and continues to destroy this country that the Dems should still be fighting for their political and our very real lives. This is why I’ve posted so much about Alison Grimes and about other Dems who are distancing themselves from Obama. At this point IF the Dems had done their jobs and IF they hadn’t allowed the FCC to remain in conservative hands there would be more liberal programming on TV and radio. Al Gore screwed liberals by taking what he thought was easy money and selling Current TV to Al Jazeera who’s he’s now suing because he never got all that easy money. MSNBC will probably be urging its viewers to “Lean Backward” soon.
It’s imperative that everyone step back and view the Big Picture. To see all the relationships and discern the pattens which show us where we’re headed and think of SOME way to reverse the manufactured pattern that will convince uneducated voters that Obama is a truly lousy president and the Dems in Congress are right there with him. But, the right wing controls all media here and so, I have no idea how to fix this. Obama showed he had no interest in fixing it by who he nominated to head the FCC and to sit on the board. Tom Wheeler, the chairman, was an industry lobbyist–and a venture capitalist–before Obama named him and confirmed by the Senate. Says much about the Democrats that they had no problem with a installing a guy whose resume screamed CONFLICT OF INTEREST in the top job at the FCC.