Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders. […] The party leaders pushing for changes want to replace state caucuses and conventions, like the one that nominated Mr. Cuccinelli, with a more open primary system that they believe will draw a broader cross-section of Republicans and produce more moderate candidates.
As the DailyKos piece points out, the problem is not the nominating process. Unelectable Republicans like Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell all became nominees via the primary system. As for Cuccinelli, he would have won a primary as easily as he won the Virginia convention.
So why are Republicans nominating clowns to represent the party in elections? Because they’re bloody Republicans and they don’t know any better, that’s why! Life in the echo chamber with Fox News lies and spin bouncing off the walls has left the conservative masses misinformed and ignorant. These people actually believe the crap they’re fed by their politicians and media: Obama=Marxist, 47 percent=moochers, ACA=death panels, climate change=hoax, corporations=people and all the rest of the nonsense that wingers have come to believe. So, what to do?
Tough one but here’s a possible fix.
If Republicans are serious about fixing their nomination process, there is one idea that they should consider trying, because it just might work: They ought to try banning Republicans from picking their party’s nominees. If they did that, then maybe they’d finally be able to offer up a slate of candidates that doesn’t scare the daylights out of the American public.
Ana Marie Cox has a great piece in the Guardian on the changing relationship between Fox News and the Republican party. She captures the essence of the current relationship in this wonderful observation on how Fox and the GOP play off each other in fabricating conspiracies – in this example, Benghazi.
Witness the coverage of Benghazi, where conservative outrage on the channel remains strident and forceful and in harmony with Republican officials, despite the willingness of most of the country to move on to matters closer to home. It’s a positive feedback loop that spirals into irrelevance: Republicans pursue a conspiracy that only Fox viewers believe, based on reports only Fox airs, and new information gets hammered into a shape that fits the existing narrative.
When you think perfection, does Mitt Romney come immediately to mind? If not, it should…at least according to Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle.
He just seemed very presidential. I had like a moment on the floor where I was looking up at him and you see the big banners in the background and the pictures of him and you thought ‘wow, if you went to central casting you couldn’t pick a better guy that looked presidential, sounded strong and steady.’ I think there’s been kind of a reaction from the public until now that, listen, this guy is almost too perfect, the family looks perfect, like all the kids when they came out on stage. Is it such a bad thing to choose perfect? Like, why fault the man because he’s qualified and because he sounds good and he’s strong and steady and he’s not a showman. He just wants to get the job done.
What fascinates me about Guilfoyle’s remark, aside from the breathtaking ignorance it takes to make such a remark, is knowing that she believes every word of it.
I have little doubt that when she looked up from the floor of the Tampa arena and saw Mitt up there delivering his acceptance speech, she truly saw perfection. The lies, the bullshit, the phoniness, the cluelessness, the utter lack of principles and inner convictions, the complete disregard for the 99 percent who don’t have a million dollars stashed away in a savings account, the contempt for the poor and elderly neatly veiled behind empty platitudes of compassion …none of that was visible to Guilfoyle. All she saw was a financially successful man with nice hair…and a political affiliation whose label does not start with the letter ‘D’. Nothing else really mattered because life in a bubble does not require anything more.
If the gauge by which we judge the qualities of a leader is wealth, than yes, Mitt is Mr. Perfect. But by any other evaluation metric, Romney is little more than a rich guy whose entire life has been based on doing what he must to get what he wants.
In the study, 1,185 respondents nationwide were asked about what news sources they consumed in the past week and then were asked a variety of questions about current political and economic events in the U.S. and abroad. On average, people were able to answer correctly 1.8 of 4 questions about international news, and 1.6 of 5 questions about domestic affairs.
“Of course, knowledge of current events is predicted not just by watching news, but also by factors like ideology, education, age and gender,” said Dan Cassino, political scientist and poll analyst. “Based on these results, people who don’t watch any news at all are expected to answer correctly on average 1.22 of the questions about domestic politics, just by guessing or relying on existing basic knowledge.”
However, the study concludes that media sources have a significant impact on the number of questions that people were able to answer correctly. The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well. And people watching only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart could answer about 1.42 questions correctly.
…is directly attributable to watching garbage like this on a daily basis.
It’s so painfully stupid, one can almost hear brain cells frying and dying at every syllable spoken by this cast of clowns. As Ben Adler over at The Nation points out, Fox and its pundits are not deserving of anyone’s respect and it has nothing to do with their conservative views. It’s because they fail “the fundamental test of journalism: are you informing your audience?”