Reality Bites

Can we stop with the bullshit, please?
Can we stop with the emails and the queries and the ‘whatdoyou’ think notes circulating the paranoid fantasy that the exit polls released Tuesday at 3 p.m. were accurate and the final voting tallies were not? This isn’t true. And even if it is, there’s nothing to be done about it. Kerry conceded. Please read what MysteryPollster has to say about polls and polling and remember that since you didn’t take a statistics class because you “aren’t good at math” you really don’t know what you’re talking about. To quote tough guy Barry Diller: “They won, we lost. Next.”

Stop with the chain email linking “intelligence test” scores to votes in favor of George W. Bush. You want to make yourself feel superior by thinking that folks who voted for Bush are stupid, fine. You’re engaging in an exercise designed to make you feel better by denigrating someone else which is, it seems to me, exactly what you normally accuse “them” of doing. But, hey, I’m not that smart, either.
Bush won the election with a solid 4 million vote majority. How is that a sign of his or his supporters’ stupidity? Republicans have been running the country, with one eight-year break, for most of my adult lifetime. Who are the dummies here, exactly? The morons who can convince a bunch of dummies to support them? Or the rocket scientists who can’t figure out how to make the dummies behave?
You want to do something intelligent? Send Sen. Arlen Specter, a moderate, pro-choice Republican and likely head of the Senate Judiciary Committee $2,000 ($4,000 if you’re a couple). Specter had a bruising primary against an conservative Republican who labeled him too liberal. He then had to turn around and fight a tough election. Specter could use the money to pay off his campaign debt, I’ll bet. And right now, he’s pretty much the only Republican in the Senate willing to say Roe V. Wade should remain the law of the land.
You folks are so smart, so honest, so knowing of the system? Then work it, babies.
UPDATE:A reader writes in and says rather than “pay Arlen Specter bills,” Democrats should persuade moderate Republicans to change parties.
Let me knock this one down while I still have the patience which is getting to be in very, very short supply around here. Moderate Republicans – Senators like Lincoln Chafee, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski – aren’t going to go from the winning party to the losing party on principle. Particularly now that the Democratic Party is in shambles. They give up far too much: seniority and the perks that come with it which include larger offices, better paid and larger staff and the chance to run a committee or subcommittee.
UPDATE TWO:Don’t think Specter needs your help? Think again.
Check out today’s NYTimes piece on his remarks and the back and forth over what he’s said within the Republican Party. Then have a look at’s