Just took a look at the Real Clear Politics electoral map -- extraordinarily grim outlook, really. If the current map holds true, expect the pundits on Election Night and days afterwards to focus on how the Republican won only in the South. You know, in Southern states like South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming . . .
This is a favorite shtick of the MSM, to deride Republican as only winning those redneck racist cracker holy rollers down South, in Alaska, Kansas, Idaho . . .
Of course, it now looks as if Obama will win in Virginia, possibly even in North Carolina and Georgia. But when a Democrat wins in the South, this shows that these areas are becoming more enlightened and tolerant (because of an influx of superior Yankees, no doubt).
The MSM have got it into their heads that the Republican Party -- the party of low taxes, limited government, traditional values and strong defense -- is simply inferior, appealing only to hateful stupid people. Thus, Republican failure is evidence that America has wised up and rejected the hateful stupidity, while GOP success is bad news: A triumph of fear!
We could jeer at this tendentious spin from the MSM were it not for the fact that so many Republicans allowed themselves to be frightened away from advocating potentially popular policy because they've internalized the opposition spin, and fear being labeled "mean-spirited."
UPDATE: Linked by Dave Weigel at Hit & Run and by the eternally crunchy Clark Stooksbury.
Remember Bob Beckel? Here’s how he predicted this year’s election - Remember Bob Beckel? The fat leftist pig who ran the Mondale campaign and lost 49 states? He’s since moved on
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