Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bonfire of the Vanity Fair

Meet Graydon Carter:
This dandy is telling America to "man-up?"
A distinguished colleague of mine likens the wiggy mood of the nation to that of a hormonal teenager. What do you call an electorate that seems prone to acting out irrationally, is full of inchoate rage, and is constantly throwing fits and tantrums? You call it teenaged. Is voting for a deranged Tea Party candidate such as Christine O’Donnell, who has no demonstrable talent for lawmaking, or much else, so different from shouting “Whatever!” and slamming the bedroom door? Is moaning that Obama doesn’t emote enough or get sufficiently angry so different from screaming, “You don’t understand!!!”
Really? Insulting the voting public doesn't seem a very smart way to win back their support, but then Carter is the foppish editor of a glossy magazine that exists to flatter the political sensibilities of its "upscale" liberal readers. He obviously doesn't know much about winning elections.

If you wanted to see real adolescent behavior all you had to do was watch MSNBC's election night coverage. Though it tanked in the ratings, it provided viewers a perfect look at what left-wingers do when they see their agenda being rejected by a majority of the country. The panelists, Larry O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Eugene Robinson and Chris Matthews, all leftists, smirked and insulted their GOP guests and focused on the few number of races Democrats didn't lose. It was like watching a football game where the home team was getting clobbered 48 to 3 and listening to the announcers make fun of the winning team's center for the way he snapped the football. This was their way of ignoring the reality of what they were seeing, a definitive and democratic rejection of their agenda and world-view.

(A review of the coverage can be found here.)

This wasn't manning-up. It was impotently snarking and raging up. At least, the panelists all assured themselves an invitation to Vanity's Fair famous Oscar party. How cool is that?


Blogger The Interventionist said...

Gil, becoming a sore winner? How petty, not to mention seriously uncool. Take Carter's advice: Man up.

November 7, 2010 at 11:33 AM 

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