Cook Political Report On Fake Outrage

Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report has taken a look at the Michelle Nunn memo.  Instead of focusing on the contents of the 140 pages, she focuses instead on the fact that through the magic of the internet and cable news, more regular voters are now exposed to what campaigns are really focused on.  And that isn’t much of substance.   Her last two graphs are the kicker, and why we’re likley seeing low voter turnout in many elections:

Americans have always known that politics is a dirty business. The concern, now, however, is not how business gets done, but the fact that no business is actually getting done. Americans are willing to accept a certain amount of political sausage making if they actually get to eat the sausage. Today, of course, we’ve got some big problems that need fixing and yet all the political shenanigans are devoted to simply continuing the status quo of gridlock. It’s no surprise then that turn-out is down across the board thus far this cycle and will likely be down again this fall. Voters aren’t stupid. They know that their vote won’t change the direction of the debate – it’ll just change the people doing the debating.

The disgrace this cycle is not campaign spending – or campaign plans – it’s the fact that neither party has anything substantive to give voters. So, they are trying to motivate their bases the only way they know how: with hyperbole and hyper-partisanship.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Yes and unfortunately a lot of the donations come with the expectation of things that cause the gridlock.

    Perhaps the GOP, instead of struggling to attract the constantly redefined classifications of citizens should focus on how we as individuals can best function as a community.

  2. Three Jack says:

    Nailed it! Just what I have been lamenting for the past few election cycles, no candidate offering anything new. Thanks Amy Walter for publishing a spot on analysis.

    With 2 supposed outsiders running for senate, one would expect either or both candidates to bring a fresh perspective. But both have hired big time consultants that provide the standard campaign script to follow so neither steps in it on the way to November. We will be left with the usual he sux/she sux rhetoric sans any substantive debate about real issues.

  3. Sorry Amy, and the people who pay you to persuade us to surrender. I am not staying home. I am voting against the incumbent party, that you and yours have bought and sold, wherever I can.

    The fastest way to fix this apathy is to vote 15% of the ‘safe’ district’s’ incumbents out of the general election. I’d be willing to bet that elected officials are still *somewhat* human, and that fear of losing their job and power trumps pissing off their corporate constituent.

    Human citizens lobby for Freedom and rights. Corporate Citizens lobby for tax breaks and barriers to competition.

    One has to ask oneself, besides money, why is one citizen more equal than the other? The people still have the numbers, they just have a far lower expectation of power in the process because of diatribes stated in the OP, and the constant message of gloom and doom “you can’t fight them so why try?” by corporate sockpuppets like Amy.

    I like my peach label. I just wish they were waterproof so they could go on the back car glass.

  4. Dave Bearse says:

    Voting is for peons. Ask David Perdue. Rich businessman know it’s a waste of their time—time better spent earning money to buy influence.

    • Harry says:

      Do you really think it would be an improvement? There’d be no downside to everybody not relating to a somewhat common set of beliefs as represented by membership in a party?

      • Three Jack says:

        Instead of ending it, just open ballot access. Let the Big 2 compete with others, might make both parties better as they would likely start to differentiate themselves from each other.

        • Harry says:

          I don’t know, there are a score of parties on the ballot in practically every country in Europe, and yet they seem to be in a least as big a mess as ourselves. I agree though, there should be ease of ballot access but at the same time a runoff system needs to remain in place.

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