Math, It’s What’s For Winners!
That title makes me giggle. Yes, I am a dork.
Three different people sent me this and all of them had the same comment. “Rachel Maddow reads your blog!”
Sadly, I think she does not. I watch her show, because it is amazing. The fact that she and I riffed on the same things doesn’t indicate any connection between my tiny puddle of public life in comparison to her gigantic tidal wave. Instead it indicates a shared embrace of facts and logical conclusions based on those facts.
The things that she lists as well as the things that I have listed in previous posts are just facts. We base our conclusions and opinions on these facts. That’s how rational people function. The early part of her list includes something important that was left out here. “And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats and Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make Conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math.”
He was doing that math in public, thankfully not only offering his numbers but also offering his model so we could all check his math. That is what people who value facts and accuracy in numbers do.
But Bullshit Mountain Network (a title I blatantly ripped off from The Daily Show) refused to believe it. As late as noon on election day, they were predicting a Romney Landslide. During the FOX broadcast of the election results Karl Rove had a tiny meltdown because math and facts got in the way of his desperation. I’ll admit, that was fun to watch.
This was fun to watch too. It’s 25 minutes of pure political rage and I can’t help giggling my whole way through it. I’m a tiny bit in love with Shelly Dankert. No really. I’m not being sarcastic at all. I would love to sit down with her and a butterscotch schnapps and debate. I mean it. Two bitches at opposite sides of the political spectrum slogging through the issues would just be vastly entertaining.
She’s got some grasp on the facts. Among other groups, she reviles the Birthers, the 9/11 Truthers, Libertarians, although likely not for the same reasons that I would question their logic and she slams the people who think that Andrew Breighbart was murdered, and as well as people who think that the president is a Muslim. What is fascinating about that last assertion is that she manages to both accuse the president of subscribing to Black Liberation Theology and preparing to convert to Islam.
But then goes off on the socialism thing and mentions free Obama phones, which, um, no Shelley, that’s actually a program that was begun under Reagan and has been carried over and updated ever since. and she goes after the British NHS, claiming that they are trying to get rid of it. Again, Shelley, not so much. I mean, yes Conservatives as you would understand the term, in the British government are trying to get rid of it but no one takes them seriously because, by and large, the British people love the hell out of the NHS. And then she says “we can’t even impeach Obama, now, over Benghazi.” I’m not really sure what the hell that last one is about but OK.
She makes, what I think is the most honest ad telling statement of the video at about 7:30. “it’s a little hard to change your mind once you’ve been convinced of something long ago.” You know what, Shelley? It shouldn’t be. Facts should trump faith or desire. Fight the cognitive dissonance. While you’re at it, tell all your friends and followers and everyone else you’ve ever met in your whole life to do the same. Fight it because we need you and your fellow conservatives to get in the game.
I think the list that Rachel Maddow ran down is an important one, but I also think the most valuable part of what she said is being ignored in favor of the funny.
Listen, last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for
very obvious reasons, but it was also, possibly, a good night for this
country as a whole, because in this country, we have a two-party system in
government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides, both come
up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country.
They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate
between those possible solutions.
And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition
between good ideas from both sides about real problems in the real country
should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if
only one side is really working on the hard stuff.
And the if the Republican Party and the conservative movement and the
conservative media is snuck a vacuum-sealed door-locked spin cycle of
telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual, lived
truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the
constructive debate about competing feasible ideas about real problems.
Last night the Republicans got shellacked, and they had no idea it was
coming. And we saw them in real time, in real humiliating time, not
believe it, even as it was happening to them.
And unless they are going to is secede, they are going to have to pop
the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside if they do not
want to get shellacked again. And that will be a painful process for them,
but it will be good for the whole country, left, right, and center. You
guys, we`re counting on you. Wake up.
There are real problems in the world. There are real, knowable facts
in the world. Let`s accept those and talk about how we might approach our
problems differently. Let`s move on from there.
Ms. Denkert, we want you in the game. We want you and all of your friends to earn your place at the grown up table where we talk about real problems that are based in real facts and offer mathematically feasible, socially responsible, globally realistic solutions to our shared problems. And earning your place is easy. You just have to pay the very tiny price of admission which is easy. Start embracing reality. We can’t work with you unless you do.
Frankly, that works for us too because here’s what happen when you barricade yourself on Bullshit Mountain:
Why yes, I did make this. It is also possible that the first thing I did after hugging and kissing my girlfriend in celebration after the election was called was start looking these pictures up on the internet. I am dedicated like that.
A couple of last points and then I have to go do stuff that puts food on the table.
1. As I have been typing Florida finally called their vote in favor of Obama. That took way too long.
2. The reasons that Obama won include but are not limited too; a superior candidate, a superior campaign, a superior ground game and the overwhelming rejection of the old school, Tea Party version of the GOP.
3. The reasons that Obama won do not include; race, the fictional 47%, women wanting “free sex and abortions,” or Democratic voter suppression.
4. As in 2012, after accusing the people who voted for the president of being racists because they voted for a non-Caucasian, (I’ll pause here to let you recover from that previous sentence…feeling better? Do you need to take another moment? No? Good.) and warning of large scale riots by members of the Left because of Twitter comments, the only people who actually got together to protest the election were? I bet you can guess. Anti-Obama protesters at Ole Miss and anti-Obama protesters at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Way to keep it classy, y’all. The University of Mississippi students Should be particularly proud of adding racist images to the history of their school. ‘Cause it totally needed more.
5. Finally, the media in general needs to fix their shit.
The isn’t just the noise from Bullshit Mountain, either. This is everyone. Stop it right now.
Let’s get to work.