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You Too Can Play the Punditry Game

Less than 24 hours after the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections, we on the right are continuing our long tradition of jumping to unsupported conclusions in regard to election results.

Everyone knows why we lost in Virginia. And everyone has a different explanation. Each person’s theory coincidentally matches up nicely with what they believed before the election. Before noon today, I learned that Cuccinelli lost because he is a tea party candidate in a purple state. Later, I lea…

  1. Mendel

    You forgot to mention the libertarian who stole thousands of Republican votes even though he supports Obamacare, loves abortion and doesn’t want to lower taxes.

  2. Frank Soto
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    Mendel: You forgot to mention the libertarian who stole thousands of Republican votes even though he supports Obamacare, loves abortion and doesn’t want to lower taxes. 

    I did forget the Democrat’s stooge Sarvis.  Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Fred Cole

    You’re right, Frank. I hadn’t considered the David Ickes angle…

  4. Frank Soto
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    Fred Cole: You’re right, Frank. I hadn’t considered the David Ickes angle… 

    We ignore it at our peril.

  5. DocJay

    Maybe he’s just not a crook like the rest of our politicians.  Only crooks seem to win these days.

    Love the Office Space reference BTW.  

  6. Frank Soto
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    Mendel: I don’t think the right question is “why is there so much asinine punditry”? 

    Let’s face it, all of us start developing over-simplified pet theories that confirm our biases whenever a political event occurs.

    The real question is: why is there such a huge market for punditry?  How come so many people eagerly spend hours of their day (if not dollars from their wallet) consuming such drivel?

    My only explanation is that everyone wants their own biases confirmed, and thumbsucking punditry is like comfort food for the intellect. You can feel good when a pundit on the right parrots your simplistic thoughts, and you can feel even better because you find so many holes on your own in the lefty pundit’s equally simplistic arguments.

    Agreed.   This is just a reminder to everyone that elections are complicated things.  A myriad of factors play into each race.

  7. Mendel

    I don’t think the right question is “why is there so much asinine punditry”? 

    Let’s face it, all of us start developing over-simplified pet theories that confirm our biases whenever a political event occurs.

    The real question is: why is there such a huge market for punditry?  How come so many people eagerly spend hours of their day (if not dollars from their wallet) consuming such drivel?

    My only explanation is that everyone wants their own biases confirmed, and thumbsucking punditry is like comfort food for the intellect. You can feel good when a pundit on the right parrots your simplistic thoughts, and you can feel even better because you find so many holes on your own in the lefty pundit’s equally simplistic arguments.

  8. Fred Cole

    Frank, that was the greatest possible, imaginable reply to what I said.

  9. Whiskey Sam

    Indeed, indeed.  If we don’t bother to find out what actually happened and how to address it, we’re consigned to coming up with solutions to the wrong problems and repeating the same mistakes.

  10. PsychLynne

    Great post, Frank!

    Jim_K:  People vote in their own interests, whether it’s Northern Virginians with government jobs, military contract employees in Norfolk, or women and men across the state who consider choice and charting one’s own life plan as fundamental individual freedoms. · 6 hours ago

    I think pundits speak in their own interests.  Often their thoughts about lessons from elections reveal more about their priorities than anything else.  I don’t necessarily fault them for this, it would just be refreshing if they were a little more open about it.

  11. Paul Dougherty

    Obamanomics is shrinking the middle class and, therefore, the Republican base.

    Maybe that there are just more of them then there are of us.

  12. Frank Soto
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    Paul Dougherty: Obamanomics is shrinking the middle class and, therefore, the Republican base.

    Maybe that there are just more of them then there are of us. · 17 minutes ago

    Paul,

    You’ve have a ways to go if you wish to make it as a pundit.  In this comment, you merely offer a suggestion as to what could be wrong.  You must declare it as being manifestly obvious.  

    You also must provide an inflexible solution as to how the Republican party can solve this problem, and guarantee Republican losses in perpetuity if they ignore your solution.

  13. WI Con

    Frank, you knocked this one out of the park. Very insightful post.

  14. Mothership_Greg

    This post gets my stamp of approval.

    Although it is worth pointing out what everyone already knows:

    Cuccinelli lost because of the government shutdown.

  15. Leigh
    Frank Soto:

    Everyone knows why we lost in Virginia. And everyone has a different explanation. Each person’s theory coincidentally matches up nicely with what they believed before the election.

    Best of all, considering how close it was, each theory is probably at least partly true.  There were all sorts of reasons people voted against Cuccinelli, and taking away just one or two of those problems might have flipped the election. 

  16. Paul Dougherty
    Frank Soto

    Paul Dougherty: Obamanomics is shrinking the middle class and, therefore, the Republican base.

    Maybe that there are just more of them then there are of us. · 17 minutes ago

    Paul,

    You’ve have a ways to go if you wish to make it as a pundit.  In this comment, you merely offer a suggestion as to what could be wrong.  You must declare it as being manifestly obvious.  

    You also must provide an inflexible solution as to how the Republican party can solve this problem, and guarantee Republican losses in perpetuity if they ignore your solution. · 31 minutes ago

    I gave all I got. I am bereft of imagination.

    Well for one last try,

    The Republicans need to embrace immigration reform, now, to inflate those future ranks of the middle class with the incredibly hard working, naturally conservative peoples who just want to belong and contribute legally?

  17. Paul Dougherty

    or,

    We need to fundamentally change our nature. A good first step will be to excommunicate that Tea Party, and now! As Michael Gerhon postulates, we just need more Burke?!?!?

    Done, they are dead to me.

  18. Joseph Stanko

    I’ve been saying for years that our stubborn opposition to Doritos Locos Tacos are costing us elections!

    Look, I understand that we all grew up eating unseasoned taco shells, but times change and we must adapt!  We cannot turn the clock back to the 1950′s when housewives baked their own taco shells from pure home-grown corn.  Young voters are growing up in a world where every sitcom features at least one character who prefers Cool Ranch flavored taco shells.  It’s just another lifestyle choice now, and they view any opposition as old-fashioned, racist, and hateful.

  19. Frank Soto
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    Paul Dougherty: or,

    We need to fundamentally change our nature. A good first step will be to excommunicate that Tea Party, and now! As Michael Gerhon postulates, we just need more Burke?!?!?

    Done, they are dead to me. 

    I have nothing left to teach you Paul.

  20. Kay Ludlow

    So I should stop reading pundits and get back to work? Should I cancel my Ricochet membership too??

    Just kidding! This was a great post and just the reminder I needed that Ricochet isn’t just another conservative website regurgitating the latest from Rush Limbaugh or the WSJ Editorial Board.

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