Watching the reaction on the blogs to the Republican Convention and especially to the last night I can not help but find myself slightly disturbed. Lots of crowing over how great the Clint Eastwood bit was and how “teh people” get it.
I had to step back and figure out what was going on- as I did NOT get it at first. And all the rah rah in the world does not help the fact that I am just an average person, who perhaps follows politics a bit more than average. There was plenty of glee about how the Eastwood bit “Must Have Worked!” because the talking heads on MSNBC and CNN were having fits. Uh Huh.
We have been railing against the bought and sold Obama ass licking msm for going on what? 5 Years now? And part of what pisses us off is that the average Jane and John voter out there gets most of their info and opinions and voting instructions from that very same MSM.
If the MSM is telling people that the Eastwood thing was crazy, that Clint is senile- or whatever other message they are promoting- chances are enough people will believe it.
I heard he was aiming that message at the elderly- and OMG! the twitterverse blew up with the empty chair! Uh Huh.
How many of the elderly do you think have Twitter accounts? Or Facebook? Think about it- where do they get their news? The MSM. TV and newspapers.
Also keep in mind that the conventions are not watched by the average voter.
The numbers made Thursday the most-watched evening of the Republican convention this year. However, the audience was about 17% lower than it was four years ago when nearly 39 million viewers tuned in to see U.S. Sen. John McCain accept the Republican nomination.
So let’s not be imputing our level of engagement to the voting population at large. Not everyone is a political junkie. And believe it or not- not everyone follows TV sitcoms or dramas or goes to the movies. Seriously. Really.
Not everyone “Got it.”
Some even, GASP!, thought it was very very disrespectful. Don’t faint or get pissed. I called a couple of friends- and no they did not watch it live- but they saw it on the news and thought that the Republicans had disrespected Clint Eastwood. Yup. That the R’s disrespected Clint. Or as one friend put it- “That would be like putting my poor Mom up on a stage in front of people who only knew her when she had all her faculties. Why would I put my frail old Mom up there to stumble through her speech so people could make fun of her?”
(Disclosure- when my friend said that I knew what it was that had perturbed me. I GOT what my friend said. It was like watching my Mom stumble through a song, unable to remember the words. Frightening and sad. Because I remember my Mom when she had a strong clear voice and could belt out any tune with confidence and presence.)
So let’s not be all gleeful and thinking the R’s pulled off some master stroke of magic. It is and always has been about who has the best spin machines. And if the MSM is spinning it in a bad light- that is what the voters are “getting.”
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