The Reverend


In the art of propagandizing, narrative-creation is vital. How can you mislead others if you do not have a story-narrative with which to mislead?



And what has been the popular narrative for this year's midterm elections? Here's Charles Krauthammer, from yesterday, explaining that narrative....



“This really is a Republican tide. I think the chances are very good, maybe 70%, that Republicans re-take the Senate and for good reason. The reason is that this is essentially a referendum on Obama…if the GOP can't win back the Senate in a climate like this, maybe the party ought to look for another country” he stated.



You may know that the nation's voters actually already had a referendum on Obama....it was called the presidential election of 2012. Back then, the popular propaganda narrative was that Obama and Obamacare were deeply unpopular, polls were skewed, and Monopoly Man would send Obama back to Kenya, or something.



It was all bullshite......conventional wisdom bullshite....but still.....that was the narrative.



But like most conventional wisdom political narratives, the GOP "wave" midterms is phony too.



Instead, I'm thinking that the factual narrative of the midterms is one that is not often heard coming out of the Village of the Damned experts.



Why is it that in Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Kansas(!), and Alaska....senate races are all polling within the margin of error? All of those states voted in 2012 for Mitt Romney, and by significant margins. If a GOP "wave" is just ahead of us, on account of Obama-taint on Democrats.....what explains how close those red-state Senate races are?



The factual narrative of this year's midterms is not how Republican Senate candidates are preparing to blow out Obama-loving Democratic Senate candidates. Instead, the narrative, based on empirical evidence, should be about why Republican Senate candidates in deeply red states are having such a difficult time pulling away from their Democratic opponents in an election year when the GOP should be running away with those contests.



But when it comes to propaganda narratives, empirical evidence plays no role. See: Ebola quarantines and climate change hoaxes.



Creating perceptions is fine and all.....but weren't GOP voters sadly disappointed when they learned in 2012....that those durn polls really were not skewed after all? What disappointment could be in store for those same GOP voters should Republicans NOT retake the Senate? How will they respond to being duped by a phony narrative once again?



I'm informed enough to not go out on a limb predicting who will control the Senate come January 1st...that is....if control of the Senate has been decided by January 1st......a rather huge "if". But I am informed enough to know that talk of a GOP "wave" is just so much wishful-thinking horseshite. Saying it is so....Alices....doesn't make it so.



If you want some, you know, straight talk concerning next Tuesday's contest....here's some....compliments of not-a-favorite-of-mine, Senator Chuck Schumer....



"If the Supreme Court continues to be the way it is and there's a vacancy and they buttress that, we will be subject to these few people just dominating the elections for decades to come. The Supreme Court on voting rights makes a huge difference. The Supreme Court on women's issues makes a huge difference."



As Schumer put it when asked what's at stake next Tuesday...."Two words, Supreme Court."



Should the GOP control the Senate come January, and an opening develops on the activist Roberts Supreme Court.....what chance do you think there will be for Obama to nominate and confirm another Justice not to the right of Attila the Hun LLC?



Voters may not like how things have been going lately.....but I'm not so sure they're prepared to repeal Roe or the right to vote, let alone handing over what's left of our political process to a handful of billionaires. Maybe, but I don't think so.



As I have stated previously.....no matter who controls the Senate come January....nothing much will change. It's obstruction and bullshite as far as the eye can see. Except for the possibility of the Supreme Court.



All that said....what I'm allowing for is a good, old-fashioned constitutional crisis come January. If the planets align just right.....control of the Senate could still be undetermined the first week of January. Runoff elections are expected to decide the contests in both Georgia and Louisiana. How do you think those runoff elections will go? Calmy and without tractor-trailers full of hystericalized and angry bullshite?



Furthermore, how do you think those runoff elections will go if the Senate count on Januray 1st is 49 Republicans and 49 Democrats?



One guess.....a brand new, and just as phony, conventional wisdom narrative will be constructed to lift the spirits of "wave" election GOP voters.



Because what's more important? Phony narrative building or watching the country come apart at the seams?