Assume the Position
Saturday, November 06, 2004
More Than Schadenfreude
Sometimes the Fates truly deliver an appropriate comeuppance. They have certainly done so with Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin's final regular column for Newsday, published on Election Day:
I'm right - again. So I quit. Beautiful
November 2, 2004
One day last May, I assigned the election to John Kerry. I said it early, and often. As I looked more, I saw that it shouldn't even be close. I said that in this space more than once. Now I am so sure that I am not even going to bother to watch the results tonight. I am going to bed early, for I must rise in the darkness and pursue immediately an exciting, overdue project.
Besides, if I was up, so many people, upon seeing every word I said of this election coming true on television in front of them, would be kissing my hands and embarrassing me with outlandish praise. So I go to bed with total confidence. I will get up and stroll to other meadows. I invented this column form. I now leave, but will return here for cameo appearances. And I leave today as the only one in America who from the start was sure John Kerry would win by a wide margin. Let me tell you why.
How fitting if this column were to haunt him to the grave. Of course it won't, his fans and peers seem to only care about how he writes, rather than what he actually says. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise, since style over substance has long been embraced by Democrats and the rest of the reality-challenged community.
So long, Jimmy, and please keep the cameo appearances to a minimum of, oh, let's say, zero.
(Via Tim Blair.)
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Andrew Hagen asks, "When will liberals look in the mirror? The American people do not disagree with our basic values. They disagree with the approach."
The quick answer is to just point out that Eric Alterman casts no reflection:
Let's face it. It’s not Kerry's fault. It's not Nader's fault (this time). It’s not the media's fault (though they do bear a heavy responsibility for much of what ails our political system). It’s not "our" fault either. The problem is just this: Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care about what those of us in the "reality-based community" say or believe about anything.
(Alterman link via Charles Austin, who accurately hits on one of the basic misconceptions in the "us versus them" liberal meme.)
The Latest in Cognitive Dissonance
Here are a couple of things that will probably be repeated ad nauseum in the post-election analysis. Often they will be both be said by the same person. Take Jeff Jarvis, for example:
1. "…exit polls are utterly, laughably discredited…"
2. "The top issue (21%) was 'moral values'; 78% of those who cared about that went for Bush, 19% for Kerry. That's a huge difference."
Of course, the analysis about "moral values" voters comes straight from "utterly, laughably discredited" exit polls.