The rude jolt administered by the election does not mean that the GOP will now depart from its faith-based view of reality—though it will surely heed Laura Ingraham’s postelection call for changing “the language of dealing with Latinos.” (Marco Rubio—¡Él habla español!—is already suiting up to lead the karaoke.) No sooner did Obama win reelection than Charles Krauthammer laid down the new party line for denying reality, asserting that the president had “no mandate” despite his large victory in the Electoral College and his clear-cut margin in the popular vote (a victory not achieved by modern presidents as varied as JFK in 1960 and George W. Bush in 2000). Two days after the election, Rove was already blaming the defeat in part on “the anonymous New York Times headline writer” who supposedly twisted Romney’s suicidal stand on the auto-industry bailout and the “hotel employee with a cell-phone camera” who had the gall to capture Romney’s candid take on the “47 percent.”Frank Rich on the GOP’s Denial — New York Magazine (via apsies)
Nor, for all the panicked Republican talk about trying to make the party more inclusive and rational, is there any evidence that the GOP base wants to retreat a whit, whether on immigration or gay marriage or reproductive rights or the reinstatement of Jim Crow–era roadblocks to voting in states like Florida and Ohio. Or that any Republican leaders with actual power (as opposed to the out-of-office Jeb Bush) want to, either. The right is taking solace from exit-poll findings that more Americans still label themselves conservative than liberal and still think government does too much. A moderate putsch led by Olympia Snowe in exile, or David Frum, David Brooks, and Michael Gerson from op-ed pages, or Meghan McCain on Twitter, is not going to get very far.
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I kind of want to leave this here until Election Day.
YOU GUYS. I’m not saying we should be complacent here. Turnout is crucial. We all need to vote. Obviously.
But RELAX. When we buy into this narrative, we are becoming part of the problem that the media is creating.
It was a bad debate performance, and the polls are going to reflect it. Anyone who honestly believed that things weren’t going to tighten up a bit leading up to Election Day (*raises hand*) was being pretty naive. This is how it works.
Based on the reaction of Andrew Sullivan and the media, you’d think the president stumbled onto the stage drunk, exposed himself, and told the country to bugger off. THAT would be an “epic meltdown.” This is not that.
If I had to guess, I’d say the media will have a little fun with this narrative until after the second debate when Obama will make a miraculous comeback and the headlines will read HE’S BACK and his lead will widen just a little bit and everything will be okay.
Everything. will. be. okay.
On the most basic level, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is responsible for saving and creating 2.5 million jobs. The majority of economists agree that it helped the economy grow by as much as 3.8 percent, and kept the unemployment rate from reaching 12 percent.
The stimulus is the reason, in fact, that most Americans are better off than they were four years ago, when the economy was in serious danger of shutting down.
But the stimulus did far more than stimulate: it protected the most vulnerable from the recession’s heavy winds. Of the act’s $840 billion final cost, $1.5 billion went to rent subsidies and emergency housing that kept 1.2 million people under roofs. (That’s why the recession didn’t produce rampant homelessness.) It increased spending on food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid, keeping at least seven million Americans from falling below the poverty line.
… It made crucial investments in neglected economic sectors that are likely to pay off for decades. It jump-started the switch to electronic medical records, which will largely end the use of paper records by 2015. It poured more than $1 billion into comparative-effectiveness research on pharmaceuticals. It extended broadband Internet to thousands of rural communities. And it spent $90 billion on a huge variety of wind, solar and other clean energy projects that revived the industry. Republicans, of course, only want to talk about Solyndra, but most of the green investments have been quite successful, and renewable power output has doubled.
Americans don’t know most of this, and not just because Mitt Romney and his party denigrate the law as a boondoggle every five minutes. Democrats, so battered by the transformation of “stimulus” into a synonym for waste and fraud (of which there was little), have stopped using the word. Only four speakers at the Democratic convention even mentioned the recovery act, none using the word stimulus.
Mr. Obama himself didn’t bring it up at all. One of the biggest accomplishments of his first term — a clear illustration of the beneficial use of government power, in a law 50 percent larger (in constant dollars) than the original New Deal — and its author doesn’t even mention it in his most widely heard re-election speech. Such is the power of Republican misinformation, and Democratic timidity.
… Republicans learned a lesson from the stimulus that Democrats didn’t expect: unwavering opposition, distortion, deceit and ridicule actually work, especially when the opposition doesn’t put up a fight. The lesson for Democrats seems equally clear: when government actually works, let the world know about it.
DAVID FIRESTONE, writing in the Sunday New York Times, “Don’t Tell Anyone, But The Stimulus Worked.”
Part of me wonders why it took The Secretary of Explaining Stuff to lay out all of the Obama administration’s achievements when it could have easily been detailed — and in some cases, bragged about — months, if not years, before the DNC.
I could go on, but I won’t. Because POTUS should.
If somebody tells you, “Well Obama gutted $700 billion from Medicare!”, please inform them that they don’t know what the FUCK they’re talking about. If they’re still confused, tell them to watch this Young Turks video when Cenk Uygur and Jacki Schechner break it down with charts and graphics and facts:
(Sometimes video doesn’t embed properly, so here’s the link)