Monday, March 07, 2011

Campaigns are like buying hay for a dead horse

And they're off....

Unemployment remains high, Libya is in flames, gas prices are heading above $4 per gallon, food prices are rising fast, foreclosures remain at record levels, the housing market remains in the toilet, our education system is collapsing, unions are being kicked to the sideline, Boner thinks defending DOMA is more important than jobs, budgets for everything are slashed as the rich continue to get tax breaks, guns remain easy to get, homelessness is rising, we are addicted to foreign oil more than ever, climate change is destroying agriculture patterns, ice blocks continue to break off, dead fish wash up on shore, North Korea threatens the West with impunity, the middle class moves toward extinction, the Supreme Court allows the rich to buy elections, a Supreme Court justice overtly snubs all ethics, a governor tells transplant hopefuls to get their affairs in order, lunatics in the teabag party are overtly dominating the media...

but what is important to many cable talking heads? ... The Presidential horse race is on!

Be prepared to hear (if you can stomach watching most of the cable news shows) endless talk about who is in, who is hot, who will run, what today's poll says (which will we be different tomorrow, of course), who has a 1-point lead (which of course means they will absolutely, positively win, until the next poll). Also watch the same vomitoria give credence to morons assholes quitters douchebags people like Sarah "Blood Libel" Palin and airtime to idiots fascists nincompoops media whores people like Michele Bachmann -- not because they add to the intelligence quota or bring anything of value to American society, only because they are good teevee.

Currently, there are 611 days until the next presidential election on November 6, 2012. Rest assured there will be more time spent on every bit of minutia about the teabag GOP kochotrons vying for the nomination than on any of the above problems. I guess it is a lot of fun handicapping the 6th race at Teabag Downs, but it isn't much of a barrel of monkeys finding solutions to climate change or our economic malaise.

When you live in a society where Charlie Sheen and Justin Bieber are more important than the firing of teachers or the continued dependence on energy imported from tyrannical regimes ("but they are our tyrants"), I guess you can expect one day we will have a country run by Rufus T. Firefly with his benefactor Mrs. Teasekoch. But hey, the cable pundits are having fun! Maybe as one infamous New York City weatherman and one infamous Indiana University basketball coach each once said about a certain act of agression, "if it is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it."

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  • I'm with you Dcap, but of course we shouldn't expect much more from our beloved pundits. They're not the brightest bunch, and they'd much rather talk politics, than policy, even as the country implodes.

    Though it is a lot of fun watching the Republicans throw up a mediocre field of has-beens and unelectables, isn't it?

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 11:41 PM  

  • even tho it is fun to watch them implode - we know better - but much of the country doesnt

    much of the country takes this serious - and thinks there is value to watching the pundits talk about the horse race rather than what is important.

    18 months of this is way too much to endure.

    but this is America - where winning is everything and the rest of it - well who cares

    By Blogger Distributorcap, at 5:27 AM  

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