Media corporations are engineering another devastating electoral loss for the Democrats and they still don’t see it. Who are they fooling?
They have by now maxed-out on their audience and filtered it down to roughly 90 percent of Democratic voters. Very few right-leaning voters watch any of these shows, and actual independents who watch aren’t buying the soap that’s being sold. Biden is still the front-runner in most polls, and the longer he can hold onto that position, the better his chances for the nomination. Yet, savvy political analysts are saying he can’t win the general election if nominated.
But most voters aren’t so engaged politically to be paying attention to these voices. They are presented with a likable candidate whose mistakes and mental infirmities are accepted as minor quirks unworthy of attention, even by the likes Steve Colbert, who is capable of relentlessly mocking the most trivial gaffe by a candidate he disagrees with. If Colbert isn’t mocking him, he must be okay, right?
There are people who believe that of all contenders, Biden has the best shot at beating Trump. The idea is that Biden is fairly centrist and his formula of being the un-Trump, regular guy makes some sense to these people. He has “experience” and he’s leading in polls. (I also suspect the media likes him because he would be easily manipulated by them, compared to the Sanders or Warren).
He will not alarm the suburban soccer dads and moms who might have good reason to fear a socialist candidate. However, he’s not exactly exhibiting competence, which is a larger prerequisite for higher office in most voters’ minds than ideology. Candidates can tweak ideology, serve platitudes, and make false promises (see our 44th President) but they can’t fake competence.
They think they have a monopoly on the information and the narrative.
They think they can selectively report and de-emphasize negative news on their preferred candidate and over-emphasize negatives on you-know-who.
This is only true for their cloistered audience.
The media is the coddling parent of the Democratic Party. More and more, their candidates are effectively protected from the outside world. Like any child who’s been given participation trophies and had their self-esteem artificially inflated, they act spoiled and entitled. When they don’t get their way, they throw a tantrum. Any criticism is seen as hate and intolerance. Since they deem any objection to their ideas or behavior as hate, when coming from “hateful” people, they feel no need to even consider them much less address them, their enemies being so vile and despicable.
Biden has been floating on a polka-dotted tube going down the waterpark lagoon with a banana daiquiri in his hand for the last 12 years. Now, he actually has to swim and the wave machine is about to activate.
As evidenced by the recent climate change town hall and other appearances by these Democratic candidates, they are sorely lacking in the basics. Elizabeth Warren’s over-expansive gesticulation (in concordance with her expansive policy delusions), Kamala Harris’ pedestrian bureaucrat persona, Corey Bookers asburghian vibes, and Bernie’s deep reserve of saliva to punctuate his curmudgeonly edicts. The media can’t undo this in one (or even two) election cycles.
These candidates are the result of years of bad parenting by the mainstream media. The kids are now college age. They are away from home, partying, drinking, experimenting with sex, taking all the easy courses, hanging out with their woke friends in the quad. One of them will “graduate” into the general election.
The mainstream media has lost its monopoly on our minds and attention. And just like the helicopter parents can’t hover over their precious offspring, keeping unpleasantness, discomfort, and danger away, without media protection, they’re in for a rough ride.Published in