November 1, 2006
What If the Guaranteed Dem Win Doesnt Happen?
In all the
discussion surrounding the election, and every last mainstream media
outlet's automatic presumption of a big Democratic victory next Tueday,
no one has asked a simple question: What if it doesn't happen? What if
the GOP retains control? What does it mean for each party, and what does
it mean for a media that has relentlessly driven home a "story" that
will have proven to be utterly false? Let's take each in turn:
Republicans: The GOP probably will be the least affected. They've been
dealing with a razor-thin majority anyway, and the loss of a handful of
seats will not change that situation. If anything, the problem they
currently have will deepen, that the moderate RINO
(Republican-In-Name-Only) wing of the party will gain even more power
than they already have, simply as the result of a very few of them
threatening to bolt on every bill. This, in turn, will further upset an
already discontented base, which will have only voted GOP this time out
of total fear of Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid. Holding these
two pieces together without a 2008 presidential candidate of sufficient
stature to act as that glue will be difficult (fear of a President
Hillary serving the same purpose notwithstanding). And I doubt either
Speaker Hastert or Majority Leader Frist will hold onto their positions
come January regardless.
The leadership of Howard Dean and perhaps even the party itself may not
survive a defeat, no matter how close. If the Democrats, with all the
political stars aligned their way and a blatantly biased media
propagandizing in their favor, still cannot beat a stumbling GOP, their
entire reason for being has to be called into question. Certainly Howard
Dean would be the favorite as scapegoat and sacrificial lamb, but the
blood-letting could go well beyond that. (Pelosi and Reid would stand
just as big a chance of being ousted as their Republican counterparts.)
The far left, represented by MoveOn.org and Green Party types, might
just leave the fold altogether. And while Hillary has sufficient star
power, she may well be more divisive than unifying. (Heck, she might
unify the GOP more than the Democrats.) The circular firing squad that
will almost certainly form in the wake of a stunning defeat will be
quite a sight to behold.
Media: They will take the biggest hit of all, as all their polling,
prognosticating and pontificating will have proven to be just an
enormous load of fertilizer. Nothing that any of them say should be
heeded, much less taken seriously, anymore. And their total liberal bias
in "reporting" a "big Democratic victory" that never was should be
exposed once and for all, undeniable, for all of us to see. This might
just well be the final nail in the coffin for the mainstream media,
whose ratings and circulation have been in steady and precipitous
decline for years. Then the work can begin toward breaking the monopoly
that liberals have on the Fourth Estate. The GOP will not ever be able
to get their message through the perpetually leftist cacophony via FOX
News, talk radio and a few websites alone. They need to get some of
their bigger-money interests to invest in TV and newspapers, be it by
purchasing existing entities or starting them from scratch. And a failed
attempt to blatantly lie the Democrats to victory should leave a lot of
low-hanging fruit in the media tree ripe for the picking.
spite of the fact that you haven't seen and won't see any stories about
it, there are far more dire consequences for the liberal institutions -
Democrats and mainstream media - should they lose than for the GOP
should it relinquish control. (Perhaps the latter point explains the
former.) We'll see what happens next Tuesday, but don't be surprised if
the outcome is one nobody was willing to discuss until it happened.
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