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January 22nd, 2010 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

1. Democrats are all shook up. For a year the Democrats have acted in the most partisan manner possible, passing without Republican input huge bills in the middle of the night that no one reads, and that the people do not want. It’s been the greatest display of arrogance and contempt for the governed that anyone has seen in America. The election of a Republican to the Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy was a much needed act of justice. A slap in the face, a wake-up call, a canary in a coal mine — choose your metaphor.

It looks like they’ll have to rethink their health care reform. The 2,000-page monstrosities don’t seem to have a chance of passing now. Right now the Democrats are in utter confusion and chaos.

…for the first time in the yearlong push, Democratic aides — and even some members — finally acknowledged privately that the fear of failure was real. And Congress recessed for the weekend without an obvious path forward as rank-and-file Democrats started splintering in different directions.

Democrats struggled all year to maintain a coalition in support of health care reform without any GOP votes. Republican Scott Brown’s improbable win in Massachusetts on Tuesday now looks like it has the potential to end that almost-impossible balancing act.

I have no hopes that they will throw out their goal of nationalizing medicine and suddenly support less government, market oriented plans. The Brown victory has only slowed them down for now; that’s good enough.

2. The Supreme Court voided a key provision in McCain-Feingold’s Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 that limits corporate political spending. This is a victory for free speech. Will it lessen the influence of George Soros’s 527’s? We’ll see.

3. Air America has stopped broadcasting and filed for bankruptcy. It’s good news only in that it shows the American people are not interested in the ideas the left is selling. Practically speaking, the end of Air America might not be good news in the long run, as now the left will push harder for the Fairness Doctrine or similar restrictions on broadcasting. It’s not fair that only right-wingers should be able to succeed on the radio!

4. Jon Stewart makes fun of Keith Olbermann. MSNBC has officially become a national joke.

UPDATE: Don Surber has more good news.

5 Comments so far ↓

  • Mike

    Judging by the comments following most Reuters, NYT, WSJ, etc articles about these recent events, there is a great majority out there that just doesn’t have any grasp on the principles in play and how they affected the outcome.

    It is possible to write and pass a universal healthcare bill. Oh, it would still be an abomination, a wholesale violation of the rights of every citizen, but it could be made simple enough and straightforward enough to pass. America is governed by a morality of altruism, so if people can clearly tell how the bill takes from the rich and gives to the needy, they will vote for it, and their legislators know they are safe to vote for it.

    The failure of the 2000+ page monstrosity of 2009 is, as much as anything else, a case of the buyer not having any way to tell whether the product they are buying is what they think it is. All they saw were page after page of fees, boards, commissions, red tape, big insurance loopholes, and other bureaucracy.

  • madmax

    Regarding talk radio, its interesting that the Right dominates talk radio but does not dominate the internet. The internet seems to favor the Left as most of the really big blogs are Leftist. I wonder why that is?

  • Bill Brown

    I think it comes down to production barriers to entry: talk radio is a fairly expensive format, whereas the Internet is dirt cheap. There’s also some barriers on the consumption side for each: participation in Internet debate is fairly expensive (computers, Internet access) whereas participation in talk radio is not (radio in car, phone to call in).

    There’s also the factor that talk radio really came into its own around the Clinton era as the only way for right-leaning people to hear people they agreed with; the left could turn on the TV or read a magazine or a newspaper to read their viewpoint. When the left fell from power, the Internet had come into its own and so they turned to it like the right had turned to talk radio earlier. The right, though, had a solid foundation in talk radio and thus didn’t flock to the Internet in the same manner.

    That’s my theory, at least.

  • Myrhaf

    Madmax, I think it has something to with the fact that radio is broadcasting, whereas the internet is narrowcasting. A broadcast station has to appeal to enough general public to survive. That’s why there are no Radio Dismukes in broadcst radio. On the internet, a site about butterflies can have all the lepidopterists in the world on it all day.

    There is a danger on the internet that the sites you read all day can distort your sense of what the world is like. It certainly makes my world seem like there are more Objectivists than there really are. I’m always stunned to realize that all of my friends and family never go to sites I live in . Hell, they don’t even read my blogs. The general public does Facebook, MySpace and games.

  • madmax

    Myrhaf & BB,

    Good points. I think there is alot of truth to what you say.