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Who Runs the Media?

Posted in Politics with tags , , on August 28, 2008 by gyma

For some time now I’ve thought the media was broken, and broken badly.  Last night on the local 10 o’clock news, the Denver NBC station spoke briefly about Joe Biden’s speech and then immediately went to some Republican hack who spent his time slamming everything Democratic. 

This country is so broken I’m beginning to have my doubts about it ever being put back together again.  If, and that’s a big if, John McCain somehow wins this election, I think he’ll serve only one term.  I also think Republicans will lose several seats in the Senate and House so we’d most likely have a veto proof majority in the Senate and life would be very interesting for a President McCain.

With all the fiber in my being, I hope this doesn’t happen.  I am still having trouble with the whole PUMA thing and the amount of vitriol coming from the very angry Hillary supporters.  These folks are apparently livid and nothing the Democratic Party, the Clintons, or Obama does at this point will make a difference for them.  They are mad and are doing everything in their power to sabotage the Obama presidency.  I don’t think they realize that Hillary won’t be able to get elected in 2012 if Obama loses because it will be clear to many people that the Clintons had a hand in the defeat.

It also appears most of the PUMA members are women, and I struggle mightily with their willingness to throw away Roe v. Wade because they feel the Democratic Party turned its back on them.  It feels as though these people are unreachable and unreasonable.  Unfortunately, they remind me of right wingers who are devoid of logic.  <big sigh>

For the record, I thought the best, most stirring speech last night was John Kerry’s.

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Open Letter to HRC Supporters

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on August 26, 2008 by gyma

Dear Hillary Supporters,

I’m so sorry your candidate didn’t get the nomination.  I think it would have been a wonderful, precedent-setting moment to have a woman running for, and perhaps becoming, president.  The thing is she didn’t win, and part of the blame must fall with her and her aides.  You see it seems clear part of the problem was that her campaign didn’t work quite as hard as it needed because they believed they were a shoo in.  And here’s the thing:  I’m not sure Hillary could have won the presidency since Republicans hate her and her husband so much it would have been non-stop Clinton bashing and would have motivated their base to get out in droves.  And even if she had overcome all the negatives, I have to wonder what would have been accomplished with all that on-going negative press. 

You see if a Democrat moves into the White House in January, all the country’s woes from the past eight years will be the fault of the new president.  Not George W Bush.  Not the compliant Republican Congress.  Not Dick Cheney.  No, it will fall right at the feet of the new president who will be blamed for every last thing that has gone wrong all these eight years.

But that’s in the past and now we must look forward.  For the life of me I cannot understand how any of you could think John McCain would be a better president than Barack Obama.  Please, please enlighten me in the comments section because I truly want to know how you are justifying a vote for McCain.

Now if you decided to stay home and protest, perhaps I could understand that.  But at the end of the day, Barack Obama will do more for women’s rights, the economy, our national security, our standing around the world, and will work diligently to bring home the troops from Iraq and keep us out of Iran.  Isn’t that a good thing?

My desire is to believe that all the hype about Hillary supporters switching to McCain is just that – hype.  We all know the media loves a fight and they are doing a bang-up job keeping the wounds wide open.  I’m hoping they canvass the Republican Convention next week to see how many delegates they can find who supported Huckabee but are now going to vote for Obama.  I saw on the news that they were able to find four of your group who claim they will be voting for McCain.  Yes, four of you!

I think I saw you last night on television during Michelle Obama’s speech, sitting back in your chair, scowl on your face with your arms crossed.  I felt sorry for you and hoped it was because your room is in one of the party hotels and you didn’t get a good night’s sleep. 

So here’s the thing.  You can act like those Little League baseball players over the weekend who cried and pouted when they lost their game and then sat in the bleachers and cheered for the team opposing the one that beat them, or you can grow up and do the right thing.  If not, then I think the Republican party will welcome you with open arms, because they are the party of the childish, who didn’t do very well in logic or debate class and never learned how to be persuasive when trying to get a point across.