Most of the time it’s easier to get a lay of the land after the dust settles. It’s been a week and we should be able to see clearly, but that might not be the case this time. But, we here at UNfiltered and UNfettered are committed to routing through and explaining all the facts, while making up the stuff we can’t figure out. So here now are some observations of America’s political process in all it’s freedom loving glory.
In Rove we trust
Man, if you weren’t watching the election results on Fox at the moment the election was called for the President, you missed a doozy. Fox News’ election team was Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly on the main desk, with Chris Wallace, democratic strategist Joe Trippi, and The Wonder Boy Karl Rove, Bush 43s former chief of staff and campaign manager at the “Decison Desk”. Rove and Trippi were dissecting the numbers as each state was called for it’s respective candidate. Fox was the first network to call Ohio. When they did, Kelley and Baier looked up and sheepishly and disbelievingly said, “well that means the President has won re-election.” Easy guys, don’t pop a vessel.
The party started, everywhere, except in Rove Land. Alert reader Laurie Halsey hit me through FaceBook to say, not so fast Junior, Romney team is not conceding Ohio. She was right. So I quick-like switched back to Fox just in time to see Rove going after Megyn Kelley and Brett Baier and their journalistic ethics for calling a state where so many votes had yet top be counted. Rove wasn’t hysterical but his boiler was definitely reaching maximum pressure.
Rove doesn’t care who’s President. In fact it’s now more lucrative for him if a Democrat is in office. There-in lies the problem. His super pac raised millions, boarding on billions, over the last four years to defeat the President and some Dem Senators. None of that worked out for Rove or his super pac and he was clearly feeling the pressure of his big pocket donors.
A member of the Fox News production crew recorded some behind scenes audio with her iPhone. This apparently occurred during commercial break and was not meant for public consumption. Warning, Rove drops the F-bomb in the first seconds of the first audio clip. Take a listen: Rove melts down and again, and again.
Hey I admit, I’m a Rove fan. He’s normally a savant with this stuff, but on this night, for this election, he was galactically wrong. Ah well, time to find a new savant.
Irony, it’s so….ironic
Hey, them polls, they ain’t so bad after all. For the most part all the polls showing Obama ahead and disregarded by the Republicans as skewed and biased, turned out to be right. A mathalete named Nate Silver predicted the President had a 91% chance of winning reelection. He was figuratively crucified for that prediction. He was right. He has been very gracious, as you would expect from a number crunching nerd, and turned down late night talk show requests to come on and do an “Up Yours, I told you so” tour. But let the word go forth from this day forward, mock mathaletes at your peril.
Hey Tony, you were right it was a voter fraud conspiracy…for Romney. In the irony of ironies, voter fraud made a huge appearance in this election, for the other guys. So far amidst numerous complaints and rumors lobbied by disbelieving conservatives, the only documented case of voter fraud occurred in Pennsylvania. Turns out in several precincts in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, whenever a voter touched Obama’s name on the touch screen the vote would be registered to Romney. About two hours of longs lines had voted before someone noticed the error. It gets better. The company making those particular machines has shareholders. It’s biggest shareholder: Tagg Romney, son of Mitt. Whoa Nellie, take me home I have seen enough to know I have seen too much.
It turned out to be a software glitch that swapped the sensors on the screen. Really not a big deal and apparently easily fixable. But after all that crybaby nonsense over the summer by conservatives pushing for new laws to tamp down the 5 total cases of voter fraud tilting our electoral process of millions of votes cast in 08, it’s more than a little funny the only case proven so far happened for republicans and not against them.
Black Panthers, party of two? Yep that’s it, just two, and that’s them, Mikhail Muhammad and Bob, in their Sunday best. These are the two causing all the voter intimidation around the country. Girl Scouts selling cookies at my Kroger are more intimidating and pushy.
Racism rears it’s ugly head.
Yes, racism is still alive and well in America. I know because I was involved first hand. When the Knoxville New Sentinel asked for election stories over Twitter, I submitted a picture of Frank going into our polling place and remarked how easy it was, no lines, no waiting etc… A woman took issue with that. Well not just a woman, a member of Obama for America reelection campaign, Knoxville chapter. Here is her response:
Is she implying west Knox is all white and therefore would not have issues at the pooling place? Is she saying, of course whites will vote Romney? Who knows? I suspect Judi is a half wit.
The sad part is when I called her out on her racist remark Judi had no clue what I was talking about. She assumed because I was white and I lived in West Knoxville that I would vote for Romney. Assumptions about a group of people based on their race and physical location; Webster’s could not have defined it better. She had no idea, as most of my conservative friends and family will tell you, that I am a big Obama fan and have championed him for the last four years. It was his dirty campaign that turned me off this year. But I voted for and was extremely excited for his presidency in 08.
Judi, you and people like you are the reason this country is divided. The promise of a President to be above all that silliness, to raise the level of discourse and bring everyone into the conversation, has been undone by small minded people like you who think because racism happened and still happens, it’s ok to return the favor against people you have never even laid eyes on and have absolutely no clue about. Attach an idiotic, racist comment like that to a picture of my three year old son going to his first election Judi, really?
I, for one, am not burdened by inequality Judi. I treat all equally regardless of race, religion, or gender. To that end, if we ever cross paths in Knoxville Judi, and you look at my son crossed eyed, I will punch you dead in your mouth.
How’s that for irony.