Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Game

I’ve said this before only, like, a thousand times, but at least the hotshots in our national punditry are starting to notice:

The primaries have been great for the economy. Dimwitted billionaires are dumping money they don’t need into the campaigns of people who can’t win, providing much-needed jobs for ad-writers, poll-takers and yard-sign manufacturers.

Yes but it gets even better. It’s not just the primaries, it’s everything. We have a permanent campaign culture now, and it’s been an enormous boon to the media. You’d have to be an idiot not to connect the dots between the news coverage stoking partisan outrage about this or that thing, the e-mails flooding your inbox from political parties and advocacy groups asking for money to stop (or support) that thing, and the ads about that thing running on local, national and cable news channels. A cynic might say they’d planned it that way, and it’s just too easy to say that money is the whole problem when the media is the one who controls the message and profits from the partisanship.

Seriously, Americans need to get a new hobby.

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11 responses to “Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Game

  1. Charles

    Excellent point! For decades the “left” has been reacting like a Pavlovian dog to ever new insult or threat from the right. We are urged to email or call the corporate lackey who “represents” us in Congress, or call the White House, or email Rush’s sponsors, and most of all give money to help stop the latest right-wing outrage. It’s like any other product out there – as long as people buy it they’ll keep selling it. If the “left” ever realizes that the entire game is rigged and that political whack-a-mole is not a strategy for success, we might get somewhere.

    • I get stuff from both sides and trust me, the left doesn’t even begin to rival the sheer lunacy and tin-foil hat panic of the right. The stuff I get from the left is stuff like “Rush Limbaugh said something stupid, sign this petition to restore the fairness doctrine,” or “support Planned Parenthood because Republicans are trying to shut down all of our clinics,” the latter of which, I might add, is 100% true.

      From the right I get, “OMG! FEMA Orders 1 Billion Dollars In Survival Rations! WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT THE REST OF US DON’T!!! Invest in seeds and gold NOW!!!! EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!”

      The right is way more unhinged than the left, they’ve been fed a steady diet of panic and fear since the 1950s, it’s in their DNA. I have yet to find any lefty conspiracy that has anything close to this kind of mainstream acceptance. But the crap the right has cooked up — Obama is a secret Muslim and birtherism — these things are mainstream among the conservative base, and conservative politicians buy into it whole cloth. Last week someone said to Newt that Obama was a Muslim and did the candidate correct him? Nope. We have fucking legislation in Tennessee about this shit, “long form birth certificate” crap and banning non-existent Sharia Law. Show me one piece of lefty lunacy that gets voted on by a state legislature? Never happens.

      • Charles

        No, state legislatures are unlikely to ever vote on a piece of left-wing lunacy – mainly because, as you say, it’s not actually crazy.

        However, we can’t defend our inadequacies by pointing to the other side and saying they’re worse – even though they are. That’s part of our problem as well, we spend 3 years being shafted by Democrats at ever level then turn around and work for their re-election because the Republicans are even worse. That’s why no legislatures ever pass anything lefties propose – they don’t have to. We will vote them back anyway just to avoid having some wack job win. At this rate we will never succeed. We can sit back and congratulate ourselves for not being morons that want the 10 Commandments on the license plates and all women pregnant and barefoot, while the 1% laugh all the way to their bailed-out bank.

  2. Hey, SB, I have a bit of a different take on this one. I am thrilled that the Kochs, Art Pope, that idiot in Las Vegas, Chuckie Norris, crazy Ted Nugent, and the Donald are wasting all their tainted, dirty money on these idiots. It is clear that THEY are paying for hate and that they are not able to buy our votes to elect these brainless loons, especially and their hatred of women and children, gays, Muslims and immigrants continues to spew where intelligent voters can see it.
    And for those who are volunteers selling legitimate “Obama gear”, I say ‘keep it up.’ All the money raised from your purchased bumper stickers, yard signs and tee shirts goes back into the campaign, the real grass roots campaign…need a yard sign?? Let me know!

  3. Charles:

    Please allow me a measured response to your thoughtless regurgitation of reichwing cant.

    Fuck you, you racist, anti-choice, anti-social douchebag. Get back to me if that needs clarification.

  4. Charles

    If that were true, I would agree. Unfortunately in this case it is neither precise, rational or warranted.

  5. Charles:

    This:

    ‘Charles

    March 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Excellent point! For decades the “left” has been reacting like a Pavlovian dog to ever new insult or threat from the right. We are urged to email or call the corporate lackey who “represents” us in Congress, or call the White House, or email Rush’s sponsors, and most of all give money to help stop the latest right-wing outrage. It’s like any other product out there – as long as people buy it they’ll keep selling it. If the “left” ever realizes that the entire game is rigged and that political whack-a-mole is not a strategy for success, we might get somewhere.”

    Your first comment, is rather long on bullshit and short of substance.

    Tellyawot, you flesh THAT; THEN I’ll worry about calling you names.

    • Charles

      Tell you what. You make a suggestion as to how we turn things around and let us take pot shots at it.