Torch-Eyed Elephant Stampede!
Included among the insightful postmortems on the “GOP Stampede” [Dec. 1/8], we progressives can’t overlook the role that a corporate-owned and -operated press plays in our political dysfunction. When media coverage fixates on personalities—the more outrageous and emotionally fraught, the greater the spotlight—the right cheers. When the press favors simplistic sound bites over in-depth coverage of complex ideas, the right cheers louder.
Barbara Allen Kenney
The recent midterm elections were a sad day for democracy in America. It demonstrated that the way to win elections is not to put forth superior ideas, but to deploy a manipulative strategy. The Republicans who were swept to victory offered no ideas for governing. They won by simply trashing Obama. The grand strategy of the Republicans all along has been to block the administration at every turn, create gridlock, sabotage our own institutions, cause millions of Americans to suffer, create enormous anger and frustration against government, and then at election time to capitalize on this discontent by blaming the president. And the worst part is that the strategy worked!
new york city
The December 1/8 issue tells us about the struggle to fix the climate, and dysfunctional voting rights, and net neutrality. William Greider tells how Wall Street controls our parties and ends with “Dems will become the party of the past, defending wrong ideas that failed and losing more elections.” After reading all this I felt exhausted. When will we ever be a nation of justice and equality? But then it seemed so clear that since both parties are bought and owned by Big Money, we need to have mandatory public funding of federal elections, with strict laws concerning advertising by corporations, organizations and individuals.
gig harbor, wash.
Thank you for addressing the multiple reasons for the “GOP Stampede.” We also need to assign blame to the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Both must share responsibility for the midterm election loss and should be stripped of their leadership roles. Another key player in the loss is the president. He did not show up in campaigns in all states. By not doing this, he enabled those in his party who “ran away from him” and who consequently lost their bids.