President Obama went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night – the first time a sitting president has ever appeared on the show.
So naturally, the rest of the “media” is completely up in arms today.
From talk radio to the cable channels, the talking heads are all bitter and jealous that the president took his time to visit with a “comedian” rather than spend the time with “serious journalists”.
This is preposterous
Does Jon Stewart make dick jokes? Yes.
But night in and night out, Jon Stewart can be found speaking the truth in a funny, poignant, and generally informative way.
Common knowledge these days is that the Republicans are poised to make significant gains in the House and Senate next Tuesday in the midterm elections, largely due to a sweeping feeling of unrest and dissatisfaction with the entire political landscape – financial uncertainty, unemployment, and the media meme that the current administration and the Democratic led Congress are ineffectual, despite the fact that they have accomplished quite a bit in the past two years.
Assuming that it’s true that the Republicans win big next week, the next step (one would think) is for them to take on the job of governing the country, which Constitutionally, would require them working with President Obama.
Just one problem – the word “bipartisan” only matters to them when the only power that the voters allowed them to cling to after the 2008 elections was the filibuster, which they used a record number of times in the past few years to shut down anything that signified real progress or reform. When the Obama administration or the Democratic Congress are about to make any serious headway in achieving pieces of the agenda that won them so many elections in ’08, the Republicans use filibuster threats to dilute any legislation to the point where even passing an historic health care bill looks like defeat for the President.
Doesn't mean anything
You could’ve never guessed this…
The polling public really has no idea what they’re talking about. Every time you hear poll results, you might as well be hearing a baby try to explain trigonometry to you, or Sarah Palin trying to explain world geography. It’ll sound like complete nonsense and you won’t learn anything. You’ll probably be dumber.
According to the most recent NBC / Wall St Journal Poll, Americans have said that:
If their representative votes FOR the health care bill, they will be less likely to vote for that representative.
If their representative votes AGAINST the health care bill, they will be less likely to vote for that representative.
You might be thinking, well, that just means the bill isn’t affecting their vote – that they’ll vote their rep out either way…except that that was an option too.