Political disconnect of the week

5 Nov

I’m not sure you know this, but there were a few elections held this past week. One was in New Jersey, I believe, and I think another in Virginia…probably a couple other places, too. I don’t know, and I don’t care enough to do the 30 seconds of research to find out. And since I’m more plugged in to political news than the vast majority of the country, my guess is you care even less than I do.

But you know who thinks these elections were indeed a Big Deal? The New York Times’ David Brooks, a columnist whose opinion I typically value. Here was his viewpoint on the results:

This election reminded us of a couple truths. One, that there are twice as many conservatives in this country as liberals, and only one-fifth of the people in the country considers themselves liberal. This means that 80 percent of the people are inclined to be skeptical of government and worried by federal haste and exploding debt.

It also reminded us that there are more independents than Democrats or Republicans, and that these independents have been shifting slightly rightward over the past year. They are more skeptical of government than they were when Barack Obama took office. They are more hostile to unions and other interest groups. They are more opposed to greater regulation.

The country is center-right. People who are center-right do well when a Democratic president is raising all sorts of fears and anxieties.

Yep, some people view the elections that you don’t care about as proof positive that Republicans still rule this country and only 20 (really? 20?) percent of this country is liberal.

I’m not sure if this is true (nor do I care) but it’s always nice to be reminded why reading about politics is essentially useless; the writers either don’t know or won’t acknowledge what affects the entire populace and what does not. Conclusion: feel free to continue not caring about political news.

Carry on.

5 Responses to “Political disconnect of the week”

  1. RandBall's Stu November 6, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    Democrats won the NJ/VA governorships in 2001. That’s why John Kerry won in 2004. /david brooks is a fvcking moron

  2. norm November 6, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Calm down Stu. While, I agree that David Brooks and other Republicans are reading too much into this election (which is hardly a sample of the country), he is still one of the best opinion writers conservative or liberal. Considering the alternatives , we should be thrilled to have rational conservatives to argue with.

  3. RandBall's Stu November 6, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    Agree to disagree RE: Brooks. Can’t stand him.

  4. B. November 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Stu – who are your favorite conservative pundits? Any? Does Andrew Sullivan count?

  5. RandBall's Stu November 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Bill Buckley’s kid is okay, but I think he’s viewed as an apostate by the true believers. It pains me to say this, because he’s such a tweedy, bow-tied ass, but sometimes George Will knows what he’s talking about. As for Sully, I haven’t read him since he was on his “Who’s Bristol’s mom” kick. Beyond that, maybe Jim Geraghty at NRO? He’s usually wrong, but readable. The rest can be catapulted into a goddamn swamp.

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