Oct 28 2007
The liberal media and their democrat masters in Congress make a good play on TV and in the newstands, but Americans – much more sophisticated and intelligent than their purchasing habits may initially appear – are not buying the liberal fiction. Katrina is the best indication of this happening. It is clear why, but let me comment on foolishness of market trends to discern intellect to underscore why there is a disconnect between the elitist liberals and the rest of the country.
If you look for mass markets in any sector of this country you will find cheap and simple top out. McDonald’s, paperback books, comedy films, cheap cars. The trend in BUYING is less sophistication, less “intellectual”. The truth is though, all of us buy a spectrum of products. I eat at McDonalds (it is fast and easy for me to get something reasonable once a week or so), but we also have two wireless networks, about 10 computers and a plethora of peripherals in our house. We buy these once every few years. Our high end purchases are the ones we do occassionally on long term items. In the short term, entertainment especially, we go cheap.
So if you simply looked at our purchases over 6 months (and missed our more thought out ones) we would look pretty simple minded. Trust me, we are not. We don’t chase trends much either. And we definitely see things CLEARER than the news media because we are, on average, much better educated and sophisticated in terms of the way government works than most journalists. Thanks to the family being in politics for years.
So if the media looks to discern its audience from the massive, quick hit type traffic as opposed to what is really going on (we listen to CNN because it is on in hotels and airports, not for any other reason) they come up with the idea they can LEAD the news and twist it. Which of course is all a huge mistake based on their mistaken conclusions on their customers based on a simple minded view of economics.
The same misread by the media has caused them to fail in making their messages stick in the public eye. They failed in Iraq because the news was happening on the ground, out of their control, in spite of their lame attempts to change it, shape it, and they have failed in Lousiana as well:
WHEN it comes to the business of elections, Louisiana likes to confound conventional wisdom. While most of its Southern neighbours were busy electing Republicans during the early 2000s, Louisiana stubbornly returned a Democrat, Mary Landrieu, to the Senate in 2002, and put another one, Kathleen Blanco, in the governor’s mansion in 2003. Now, as Republican fortunes have sagged across the nationâ€”in no small part because of the Bush administration’s failure to cope with Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of Louisiana’s coast in 2005â€”the party is having a banner year in the state.
Atop the scorecard is the Republicans’ reclamation of the governorship, in a rare primary-election victory by the 36-year-old Bobby Jindal on October 20th. Unusually, Louisiana holds a combined primary for all candidates, Democrat and Republican, with the top two vote-winners going forward to a run-off. Even more unusual is for a candidate to win outright on the first round, which is what Mr Jindal managed, polling an impressive 54% of the primary vote. Perhaps most remarkable of all is that Mr Jindal, who is Indian-American as well as very young, has overturned what had been supposed to be deep-seated prejudice. Four years ago, his defeat by Ms Blanco was widely viewed as proof that the state’s â€œBubbasâ€â€”rednecks uncomfortable with politicians who don’t look like themâ€”had not evolved.
Only a self-centered Ivy league journalist ignoramous would confuse a simple life (redneck, bubba) with a simple mind. You would think Jeff Foxworthy would have opened the elitist eyes for them! But they don’t get the joke. Us southern rednecks don’t laugh at Foxworthy because he describes us so well. We laugh because he describes so well how the elitist idiots see us. It’s like are slow drawal accents. People assume it is because we think slow, when actually it gives us more time to enjoy the frustration of those who cannot handle a paced conversation.
If the media mythology abouty Katrina was being taken seriously by the people of Louisiana, then the GOP would be on the skids there. Clearly no one in that fine state has fed into the BS from the NY and DC media propagandists. LOL! And why would they???