Election 2010: The Rant

I do not often write about politics because the intensity of what I believe can be a little–how shall I put this?–intense. My waters run deep, but they are hardly still.

However. The 2010 Election is roiling those waters such that I can barely put forth a coherent argument. I am reduced to bullet points.

  • Barbara Boxer vs Carly Fiorina. Let me say this at the outset: I’m not a Boxer fan, for no particular reason. Okay, maybe I find her a little shrill. (Ooops. Isn’t that what is said about women who speak their minds?)
  • If Boxer is shrill, then Fiorina is just plain smug. In fact, she’s a smirker. That ad that starts so sweetly, “When the bickering ends, solutions begin” and ends “I’m prepared to oppose my party” with a huge Gotcha-smirk just crying to be wiped off her face.
  • This is when I start talking to the television. “Based on what should we believe this?” I yell. “Just because you say so? How dumb do you think the electorate has to be to believe a candidate’s unsupported statements?”
  • Well, pretty dumb, I guess. That’s part of what–annoys is too mild a word–frosts my hide (or is it chaps?) about politics today: the utter and complete lameness of the ad campaigns. Who’s writing these commercials (see, I’m not even asking who’s paying for them)? Is anyone home at the ad agency? Are the pros out playing Mad Men, leaving the interns back at the office to write the copy?
  • For much of this vveerrrry lllooonnnggg campaign, I’ve carried my channel changer around with me so that I could MUTE the annoying, angst-ridden, doom and gloom-warning voice-overs of the political commercials. I’ve muted Meg Whitman since almost the beginning of her precedent-setting attempt to purchase the gubernatorial office. She’s another smirker, but she does have a couple of good ads–the ones in which she is in closeup speaking like a normal human being to other normal human beings about this mess of a state we live in. Strange me, I respond best to those ads which–hey, novel idea!–respect my intelligence.
  • Lest you think I’m partisan, let me share with you what I just shared with one of Bera’s door-ringing minions. Who is this guy? What is his platform? What has he done? The only ads he’s running are anti-Lungren ads, and while that may be good enough for some, it’s a cheap trick way to run a campaign. Makes me wonder exactly what he may be hiding.
  • What Carly Fiorina seems to be hiding, at least for the purposes of this election, is her adherence to the GOP platform. Today she says, “Job, jobs, jobs.” Tomorrow, if she wins, her conservative stand on social issues will be waving in the wind. Any pro-choice independent who votes for Fiorina should know they’re voting for a hard-line anti-choice candidate.
  • The pundits are depressed. I had to turn the Newshour’s Brooks and Shields off last night because they were so woeful and sad. And old. Being old myself, I can say that without being ageist–but really, guys, take a pill. Suck down some martinis with the Mad Men. Life isn’t that bad. The United States will, as someone sings, survive. We have for all these years. Politics is nothing if not deja vu all over again.
  • Like Meg Whitman is the second coming of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Remember his platform? Only a businessperson rich enough not to need campaign donations can stand up to all the special interests and get the great state of California back on track. What is it about Meg that makes her think she can do what Arnold couldn’t? And why isn’t she telling me that instead of trying to paint Jerry Brown as some overspending ghoul? Anyone who was around for the first incarnation of Jerry Brown knows he got mocked for being such a tightwad.
  • Protest voters. Throw the bums out. Anyone but someone who’s in office. You’re the ones who voted for Ralph Nader and got us instead George Bush. Thanks a bunch. Protest votes are the electoral equivalent of cutting your nose off to spite your face. And, to continue the metaphor, cutting off the noses of millions of your fellow citizens. Please don’t. Scream, yell, start a blog, harangue your dog–do not waste your ballot on a Show’em The Door vote.
  • Warm and fuzzy voters. They’re the ones who pick their candidates by who “is most like me.” Politicans are not most like any of us. That mere act of running for office requires an ego that is greater than the average person’s, one that seeks power and approval above all else. That is the true core of a politician, which they then wrap in the garments of their particular philosophy–or at least the one that the pollsters say is the most popular this year.
  • You know what the problem is with the great state of California? We’re the problem. We, the people. We get suckered in time and again to believing this or that politician, this or that party is different. This time the people will have their rightful way, and we’ll all go on to live happily ever after in the land of the Tax-Free-Social Programs-Fully-Funded. The problem is that half of us want the Tax-Free and half of us want the Social-Programs-Fully-Funded, and no one wants to realize that they’re mutually exclusive.
  • I’m mad as hell too, but it’s us that I’m mad at. When are we going to learn that adult tantrums during the election cycle are no better than the three-year old who can’t get his way? When are we going to learn that ignorance is not bliss and you get what deserve should be the mottos of our elections? When, in short, are we going to grow up and become the reasonable, well-informed electorate that the Founders intended us to be?
photo credit: CBSNews.com

  • http://awomanspage.com Walker

    Vote, vote, vote! That’s all I’ve got to say.

    Or maybe not. As for Francis? WTF? where did he/she come from and doesn’t he know he’s on the wrong blog? And, good for you for not editing his garbage… I didn’t bother to read it all, just a quick skim.

    I’m also tired of all the ads and ready for some honest, real politicians. Yes, call me naive, but I see it as hopeful.

    • http://midlifebloggers.com byjane

      @Walker,
      So I’ll ask you–ever seen Robert Redford in The Candidate? That’s the story of what happens honest, real people when they become politicians. They have to compromise; it’s the nature of a democratic process. But those of us at the wrong end of their compromises think they’ve failed us. And then we throw the bums out for the new ones who promise whatever. And then they compromise–or, as with Obama, get thwarted by the mass engine of the opposing party. And then we throw them out. And then….

  • http://www.thefiftyfactor.com Joanna Jenkins

    Wow, Francis had A LOT to say….

    But about your post: I’m hoping that “huge Gotcha-smirk” gets wiped off Carly’s face too, in part because her ads are so stinking B.A.D. She got some really bad advice on how she presents herself in this campaign. For that reason alone I don’t think she’s very smart.

    The amount of $$$ being spent in this year’s campaign is shameful on all accounts by all parties. If that loot had been put to better use by any of the campaigners I might have voted for them. But, my confidence in any of the choices is slim to none.

    Maybe New York’s Bloomberg will buy a beach house and come save our state– NYC is booming thanks to him.

    • http://midlifebloggers.com byjane

      @Joanna Jenkins,
      Francis did have a lot to say, and I would like to be applauded for the fact that I didn’t edit him down.

      Have you ever seen the film The Candidate? I think it should be required viewing in all highschool civics classes.

  • Francis

    THIS IS SENATOR HARRY REID’S, BOXER & BROWNS ULTIMATUM TO THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA. MASS AMNESTY!

    All I know about Senator Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and generally–ALL–Liberal Democrats are that they are genuflecting to illegal aliens and an Liberal-Dem Incumbent returns means Amnesty for the 13 to 20 million living here. Reid has affirmed that in the Lame Duck session of the Senate he will pass this abhorrent Amnesty to criminals. What remains is the silence, about the cost of $2.6 Trillion dollars (Heritage Foundation), to make it comfortable for illegal aliens which will come out of taxpayers’ pockets; added to the 13. 5 Trillion Federal Debt we already have accumulated. The far left progressives have already voted for the illegal invasion and to extend our Social Security to them, even the ones who never paid into the system (May 2007) GOOGLE—On The Issues website. WE ARE DIGGING OUR OWN FINANCIAL GRAVES WITH REID IN SENATE AND BOXER.

    Under another reign of the Liberal Democrats, America might just as well open the border gates wide; demolish the half-completed fence between our Southern border and the other side. Then have Senator Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Russell Feingold, Jerry Brown, standing at each entrance handing out maps, welfare chits, a brand new Social security cards, a drivers’ license and about $600 dollars of taxpayer money. Hey! Reid says we can take more foreigners into our midst, as we only have 15 million citizens and legal residents, looking for a job, while 8.6 illegal nationals are gainfully employed. Have every Democrats lackey stand outside each border hospital and proffer to every pregnant woman, who reached America a brand new birth certificate, for the potential instant citizenship baby, a check for the public benefit line and a signup sheet for low income Section 8 housing—so the whole family can join them.

    Additionally, for every child they now have from now on, food stamps, cash payments and a medicade card for future pregnancies. The wives can churn out more children to become immediate citizens and swell our schools to overload, where nobody is learning because the teachers have to first contend with children, where English is a second language. In California where 18.9 percent of the kids drop-out of high school, because many teachers don’t comprehend English, as they have been recruited from South of the border. Democrats could lay-off the US Border patrol, the DEA, ICE and other policing authorities, so that the uneducated, those carrying contagious diseases, the destitute and other foreign peons could take the jobs of our own impoverished workforce.

    Maybe the Catholic Church and other religious groups will take the illegal nationals into their homes, feed them. Perhaps we should place notices in every barrio, ghetto around the world and have these nonsensically politicians procure military aircraft, to fly in every foreign national, every criminal and terrorist into our nation. Have fleets of buses waiting to transport them, to every corner of America, with stop-offs at hospitals for the sick, mentally handicapped and old. We should have ambulances waiting at the border or airport terminals, to drive those individual who must get immediate dialysis, prescription drugs or a major surgery. With the Obama’s new medical care reform most of these special issues will be recognized, as illegal aliens will have no insurance or any ability to pay for physician’s treatment.

    They walk away completely free of paying and once again the taxpayer-patsy will get the bill, while citizens will be chased down by obnoxious debt collectors. Taxpayers can foot the bill as they have always done and my guess always will, unless these corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington actually work for the American people. That’s why THE PEOPLE’S TEA PARTY has risen in a revolution, to halt the corruption and greed of both parties. GOOGLE—NumbersUSA website and Judicial Watch and learn about the deep seated corruption Google—Illegal alien costs and read highly regarded reports from unbiased sources.

    If we vote back the hidden Liberals, it will be self inflicted wounds. Attention should be drawn to illegal aliens voting, as Senator Reid’s is there only real chance of the passage of—AMNESTY.

    • http://midlifebloggers.com byjane

      I was going to trash this Comment, but the commenter perfectly represents what I am ranting about in this post: Americans who are too tired or too lazy or, yes, too stupid to learn the truth of the BS they’re spouting. The commenter admits as much when he says in the first sentence, “All I know about Senator Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and generally–ALL–Liberal Democrats are that they are genuflecting to illegal aliens…” Yes, that’s all the commenter knows, but it isn’t factual in the least.

      • http://injaynesworld.blogspot.com injaynesworld

        @byjane, I agree re: this comment. Not worth wasting breath on it.

        I’m proudly supporting Boxer. She’s worked her ass off for this state and she sits on some very important committees. She’s got the seniority and clout to make sure California gets its share of the federal pie (such as it is). A junior senator starting at the bottom of the Senate food chain would not be good for the state, especially in these economic times.

        Plus Carly is just an embarrassment — and she nearly destroyed HP

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