Saturday, October 30, 2010

Those who know the Republican cadidate in their district or state is crazy should vote for the Democrat this Tuesday!

There could be an undersampling of Democrats in most of these polls. Therefore, Democrats or someone who is not woefully ignorant of the importance of not electing the likes of Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Joe Miller, and their ilk, should vote for the Democrat this Tuesday.

In Pennsylvania, there is a US Senate race between a very good Democrat, Pat Sestak, against a very right wing and silly person, Pat Toomey. Sestak is either even or just behind in polling to Toomey. If the undersampling theory is correct, Sestak could easily win by a point or two--or slightly more. Sestak is someone I admire because, as a non-Jewish person, he has supported the efforts of the US to help Israel stop driving drunk with regard to its settlement policies. This has drawn the ire of the Israel Uber Alles crowd. We'll need Sestak in the Senate to speak with common sense on issues affecting our nation, but also in matters of foreign policy. It helps that he is a military veteran in our superficial political discourse, so that we ought to ensure any friends in Pennsylvania vote for him.

The only US Senate race I think someone can afford not to vote for the Democrat is the race in Arkansas. Blanche Lincoln deserves to be defeated. She has been worthless as a Democrat and having a loon like Bozeman in for a term can be remedied in other ways. She is the Star Scorpion who did more damage to the public option than nearly any other single Senator--even though the majority of Arkansans in poll after poll (not all, but many polls) supported the public option.

Well, we're off this morning to the Rally for Sanity that is being held in downtown San Diego. It feels more like a big MeetUp, but I am hoping some not cultist Republicans show up to be part of the request for sanity. Something tells me we'll see a few right wing protesters. Our goal should be to be witty and charming, and maybe best to ignore such protesters.

ADDENDUM: I returned from a local Rally for Sanity. My wife was not feeling well, and said she wanted to stay home to be sure our son did his homework. She is a better person than me, I must say!

So, I went alone--after stopping off at work. When I arrived, people were already filling up the very large restaurant in downtown San Diego (the "Gaslamp District" is the area of downtown). The audience ultimately hit the hundreds (maybe 350 people), with 98% of the crowd seeming to be of the "liberal" or at least "liberal-minded" political persuasion. Many seemed to be either creative people or people engaged in intellectual pursuits. Many were in their early to late 20s, though some were older than me (my age is 53).

The rally itself was amazingly funny and sharp, just what we have come to expect, but still it was amazing to see Cat Stevens, now known as Yusef Islam, sing "Peacetrain" and seeing it de-railed by Ozzy Osbourne singing "Paranoid" or at least I think it was "Paranoid" (NOPE: It was "Crazy Train"--sorry!)...And of course seeing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tony Bennett is also great!

The brilliant thing about the rally is Stewart and Colbert had a political discussion and argument. It was, however, spoken with direct words what makes most "political discussions" so difficult--that is, they spoke the words of fear versus hope, hatred versus tolerance and reason versus emotion. The language was almost completely devoid of public policy, which is, sadly, the way most people actually discuss "politics." To often, our political positions are simply reflected behaviors we ourselves exhibit or what we want to see exhibited in others. That is what I was struck by as I watched it all in that communal setting in a downtown San Diego restaurant.

The one critique I can make is the false equivalence reflected in the media montages: Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann are qualitatively different from Glenn Beck. They indulge in less spin than Bill O'Reilly, though the difference there is smaller. Still, one respects the need for the shouting to stop, and the hyperbole to be toned down a notch or two. Stewart must know, however, that one political party is far more awash in violent rhetoric and actions than the other right now. And the fact that the vast majority of those watching Stewart and Colbert, and showing up today across the nation, and beyond, fit into the other political party--that is, not the one with the consistent pattern of violent rhetoric--is itself something that someone may wish to comment upon in the aftermath of Stewart/Colbert's rally.

One other comment: Note the advertisers were LG, Volkswagen and Reese's Peanut Butter. Good for them for allowing the rally to run on Comedy Central uninterrupted by advertisements. But isn't it interesting that two were large conglomerates from other nations who sell products to younger people in the US, and one is a candy maker (Hershey's)? I always find it interesting to see what corporation is sponsoring what show or event...

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