Close election should wake up both sides a bit
I write this column with the sincere hope that I don’t have to look at Karl Rove or James Carville again for another four years.
Actually, I really write this with the hope that I won’t have to listen to their voices again for another four years, but I understand that dream is futile as their words will no doubt bounce around our atmosphere like a lottery ball, landing not to present somebody with millions of dollars in prizes, but rather to both antagonize and glorify at the same time.
Once again, I was glued to my television on election night, surfing from CNN to Fox to MSNBC, and, once again, I found myself frustrated as the talking heads began hyperventilating over numbers coming in to their sources, and their exit poll findings. I would catch myself getting interested in the results of a certain state, only to realize a few moments later that they were reacting to 3 percent of the votes at any given time.
Believe me, I get it. In the news business, you want to be first. You want to be that go-to source that people turn to for information, and make yourself more valuable in the process. By being the first media source to call a state locked up, you are taking the bulls by the horn and your audience believes you are the one “really in the loop.”
It kind of fascinates me, in the way a plane crash or Snookie does. You know better than to stare, but you just can’t pull yourself away. I long for the day I get to see Wolf Blitzer look right into the camera and say, “It would appear that we jumped the gun a little bit on Florida. We assumed that Candidate X had it locked up because he got the first vote cast in Florida, but apparently we have to wait until June to have the real winner. Don’t blame us, people. We were using the best information available to us at the time.”
I thought at one point last night the people on MSNBC were going to go ahead and report that they could now confirm that Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 general election. In fact, judging by the response of some pundits Wednesday morning, the GOP should just quit running out candidates for President and focus solely on the House. I saw one analyst say on Twitter Wednesday morning that Nov. 6, 2012, will go down as the day the Tea Party died.
Here’s the truth, from your good buddy Darin: The GOP is indeed facing a tough climb. If they could not unseat the current President during a sluggish economy, and with such passionate backing from its supporters, what’s it going to take?
Well, I heard several analysts bring up the Latino population. Tough immigration stances taken by many Republicans has turned off the Latino voters, and their numbers are only going to muliply over the next several years. It’s not hard to conceive a reality that sees the Democrats taking control of a historically Republican-dominated state like Texas down the road as the Latino numbers continue to soar. It might be time for the GOP to take a new look at their public stances on immigration if they want to win another national election.
Another hurdle for the Republicans is the female voter. The perception is that the Republicans are not interested in securing equal opportunities for women, and their hard line pro-life stance has alienated many female voters.
I sincerely doubt that Republicans are secretly concocting a plan to keep women’s pay down, but I do believe they need to be more active in supporting women’s rights in the workplace. That should be non-partisan, right off the bat. As for the pro-life argument, I don’t think any person, on any side, should change their opinion on that issue for political gain. It’s far too serious an issue, and people need to be able to pick a side.
My other advice for the GOP would be to try to make the nation a better place in the future. Work across the aisle with the people on the other side, improve the economy and human rights conditions, and show the voters next time around how willing you were to find compromises that benefited us all.
Yes, we are a country embarrassingly divided by partisanship, but we are also a nation that trusts in results. If you do well in your job, we will do well in our lives, and we will be more likely to vote for you when you run for something else.
Don’t laugh, liberals. This was a tight race, and your guy could have easily lost. You could do yourselves a favor by working with the Republicans, as well. Or you could be out next.