Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Replace Romney With Whom, The Ghost Of Reagan?
Ok it all started when I harmlessly pointed out that Obama was up by two points in Rasmussen and five points in the Fox News poll. Then I get this twitter reply:
Wow. Let's just skip the election! You probably watch MSNBC too, right? #pollworship
Now was it really necessary to be snippy right off the bat? I mean what ever happened to small talk? "You look like you have a nice follow through" or "I like your shoes" ya know, a few pleasantries. The MSNBC quip was a bit harsh but then to follow it up with the #pollworship dig was way over the top. Am I right? Do I look like a pollworshipper? C'mon. That was followed by:
"Polls are easily manipulated. Many polls in 1980 showed Carter ahead. They are meant to moralize opposition"
I think he meant 'demoralize' but I let it go because I knew what he meant and I didn't want to come across as snippy. However I still had to point out the myth of the Reagan comeback, because it was just that, a myth. So I posted this article, "click here"
I don't think John cared much for the article because of this:
"Gee, thanks. I'm just gonna not vote" to which I replied:
When u say "Gee, thanks. I'm just gonna not vote" do u mean I read it but it made me sad bc I don't want 2 believe it's true?
Ok I admit that might have come across as a bit snippy, but even someone as mild mannered as myself can only refrain from being snippy for so long.
The heat was turned up when he said something about feeling bad for my defeatist mentality and that the pollsters had me right where they wanted me. So now you're probably thinking I lashed out with another snippy comment, but you're wrong. I calmly said: we have a problem, ignoring it solves nothing. What's sad is so many on my side act like dems. "Well my intentions were good, I tried"
The larger point I was trying to make is we have to defeat Obama. Our problem is Romney simply doesn't have the skill set or the temperament to win. Simply crossing our fingers and closing our eyes is going to give us the same result as four years ago.
John told me to do something other than just complain. So then I got super snippy and said: "John, no offense but I'm going to put u in the click your heels twice, fairy dust, unicorn column, but again no offense." Ok perhaps I'm not always so mild mannered. Especially seeing as how I followed up with: "so your plan is to ignore the polls, chant U-S-A, U-S-A, have i got that about right?
Now I have to admit John did respond with a good question. "Replace Romney with whom, the ghost of Reagan?" Granted I could have done without the 'ghost of Reagan' snark, but still a valid question. I said: "Romney should leave the campaign trail and turn it over to Ryan. After the election Romney steps down and Ryan picks a new VP."
I'm serious. Four years ago we knew weeks before election day, it was over. We still have a month before judgement day. Are we really just going to sit quietly with our arms folded while we once again head over the cliff? We've been told for the last year and a half if Obama wins reelection we won't survive. Was that just hyperbole or did you really mean it? Because if you really meant it, we do what ever it takes.
Things turned sour again when he went off on another 'manipulation of polls' rant and something about the evils of excess salt in our diet. I may have called him a half baked wackadoodle, I really don't remember. But I do remember comparing him to an emotional former girlfriend, during that time of the month.
I also told him earlier in the day Rush Limbaugh was talking about republican enthusiasm being 16 points higher than that of the democrats. Listen to this Steve Deace interview of republican pollster Rick Shaftan. Rick says the exact opposite. "click here for audio"
WI recall polls had Scott Walker down 8%. How'd that work out?
This is probably where we reached the point of no return. I said: "I don't know why in the era of Google you think you can make shit up and get away with it." PPP is a dem pollster, "click here"
Yup, a bridge too far. Perhaps I should have said 'crap' instead of 'shit'. These were the last words I ever heard from John: "Go watch a skin vid, sir. I'm finished with you. Adios"
So what can we learn from this tragedy? First, relationships are hard. Second, if you're headed over the same cliff two presidential elections in a row maybe it's time to say: "AW HELL NO!!"