Sunday, October 17, 2010

Liberal Media: Predicting The Death Of The GOP Since 1972



If you pay attention to our wonderful mainstream media, you’ll notice that no election ever is the cause for celebration for the GOP.

1972 brought us the Watergate break in, and 1974 the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon (R-USA).

So, of course this meant in 1976 that the GOP was doomed. The MSM of the time was quite emphatic on that point. You probably remember the 1976 election as a landslide for the Democrats. If so, your memory, like that of the MSM, is faulty.

In fact, despite the Watergate scandal hanging over the heads of the Republicans, President Jimmy Carter (D-USA) was elected with only 297 electoral votes (270 needed to win). Carter had essentially no coat tails, as the Democrats did not gain a single seat in the Senate, and only gained one seat in the House.

Still, the MSM assured us all that the GOP should not celebrate this election and would soon fade away into nothingness. So, in 1978, the GOP gained 3 seats in the Senate and 15 in the House. In point of fact, these were fairly small gains for the minority party in an off year election. But they were still gains.

In 1980, Democrats were certain to retain control of the White House, or at least the MSM told us that through the summer. It wasn’t until the fall that people began to whisper that President Ronald Reagan (R-USA) might win. And he did. In a landslide, making big gains in the House, and taking control of the Senate.

The MSM had been predicting the death of the GOP since 1974, and this obviously didn’t fit the narrative. It was therefore time for a new narrative. Reagan’s hardline stance against the Soviet Union was a danger to us all, and the GOP would take the fall, if the country itself managed to survive.

Of course, the country thrived, and Reagan had an even larger landslide in 1984.

This took the heart out of the MSM for a while and they briefly stopped predicting the death of the GOP. At least until 1992, when President Bill Clinton (D-USA) was elected and the Democrats also once again controlled the House and the Senate.

Oddly enough, no one mentioned that since the Democrats now controlled both the Executive and the Legislative branch of the Government, that they were going to have to prove to America that they deserved such an honor and their governing principals were correct. More on that later.

What the MSM did tell us was that the GOP was a dying party. Bill Clinton represented the voice of a new generation, and the GOP was only for wealthy old white men. In other words, this election represented doomsday for the GOP.

You may have heard of the “Republican revolution” of 1994, where the GOP took both houses of Congress for the first time since 1952. Surely the MSM would tell us all that was a cause for celebration for the GOP? No. In fact, we were told that the GOP was the “party of hate” (Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) appeared on the cover of Time Magazine with the caption “The Politics of Hate”), and would quickly alienate the voters who had put them in power.

Despite that, the GOP held both chambers through 2000. The 2000 Presidential election was marked by the infamous miscalls and recounts in Florida. In the end, President George W. Bush (R-USA) was elected, and the GOP briefly controlled both the Legislative and Executive branches of the government. Surely, this would be good news for the GOP, right?

Wrong.

The MSM famously told us that the GOP would have to prove to America that they deserved such an honor and their governing principals were correct and would work. Notice the difference between 2000 and 1992. More on that later.

Because of the fiasco in Florida, the MSM went over the edge. They predicted the death of the GOP pretty much continuously from 2000 to 2008. Despite that, the GOP actually picked up seats in both the House and the Senate in 2002, a rarity for off year elections.

The 2000’s brought us hurricane Katrina, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, two recessions, “high” unemployment of 5%, and eventually the economic meltdown of September 2008.

Finally, the MSM’s 30 years of predictions of the death of the GOP were proving correct. Democrats made big gains in the House and Senate in 2006 and retook both houses. These were followed by even bigger gains in 2008 and the election of President Barack Obama (D-USA).

Based on how the MSM treated the election in 2000, you might think that they would inform us that such an election, and holding both the Legislative and Executive branches might foretell problems for the Democrats.

Nope. Not at all. Instead, the MSM gleefully told us in late 2008 and early 2009 that the GOP was not merely dying, but in fact, already dead. They told us it was a “regional” party. They told us to expect 40 more years of Democrat rule.

Today, we are 16 days out from what appears to be an historic election. The Republicans appear to be headed to control of the House again, in perhaps a bigger wave than 1994. GOP control of the Senate is not out of the question. This despite the fact that the GOP was dead a mere 18 months ago.

Why is this happening? The Tea Party folks. They are energized and angry and are wresting control of the GOP from the establishment. It’s becoming a party of youth and energy (and women!), not a party of rich old white guys.

So, how is this being reported by the MSM? You guessed it. This will cause the death of the GOP. The Tea Parties will divide the GOP and cause a GOP civil war, sending the party to its eventual doom.

See, as I said in the very first sentence of this incredibly long post, no election results are ever good for the GOP. If they fail to take the House or the Senate, it will be because the Tea Party over-reached. If they do take the House and Senate, it will mean that the GOP will have to govern responsibly, work with Obama, and avoid a civil war. The MSM will delight in telling us that will be a Herculean task, and that the GOP can’t possibly do it.

Make them eat their words. The flood comes in 16 days.

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