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When President Obama defeats Romney in a few days time, the MSM are going to have to engage in a major excuse management and damage limitation exercise, spinning the result as not really a win for Democratic values and arguing that Obama must now implement Republican policies. Here's a sample of what you can expect to hear:

  1. Obama won the most divisive campaign in history. It's time to heal the wounds and govern from the center.
  2. Obama only won because of Sandy. He doesn't have a mandate.
  3. Romney was a RHINO candidate - the Republicans made a mistake in not nominating a real conservative.
  4. Obama must now lead and implement Simpson-Bowles (despite the fact that the party stressing debt reduction lost the election).
  5. Our pundits and pollsters only called the election wrong because there was a very late (and irrational) swing to the President
  6. Obama wins clear victory but must now be more bipartisan in his approach
  7. Obama has lost the trust of the white electorate and must now take urgent steps to win it back
  8. Minorities only voted for Obama because he is black. That's unAmerican.
  9. Women only voted for Obama because Romney is too old for them
  10. Young people only voted for Obama because they were misled and misinformed. Polls show only 5% of young people understand basic economics. (Note to Ed. we need to commission a Rasmussen poll on this quick).
  11. The less well off voted against Romney because they were envious of his success and want the Government to redistribute his wealth.
  12. It's all Chris Christie's fault for undercutting the standard narrative that Obama is incompetent and Government can't do anything right.

Please add your MSM excuses in the comments below. Be prepared!

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  •  Screw the MSM... (11+ / 0-)

    I know it's not politically correct to say so but if Obama is reelected, the Senate remains in control of the Democrats, and the House flips; the last thing this country needs is bipartisanship.

    If those three things happen, and they could, the Democrats need to push progressive legislature with gusto.

    Bipartisanship, especially with regards to the debt issue, will not fix what's wrong with this country right now. We need infrastructure spending, mortgage restructuring, green energy development, college loan debt relief, and minimum wage hikes.

    Democrats need to take a lesson from history.

    They should start with FDR.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 03:57:15 AM PDT

  •  MSM is desperately trying to stay relevant (1+ / 0-)
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    so as to attract eyeballs they can sell to advertisers. It isn't working. They are flailing in the attempt.

    By 2016 the MSM as we define them today will be truly irrelevant to the core of the discussion. Oh, there will be something there, just as there is a pale sad "CNN" today though it is hardly the clear(er)-eyed CNN of twenty years ago.

    But this election is their last hurrah and I can't believe they don't know it.

  •  Pres Obama needs to inform, motivate (1+ / 0-)
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    The public to engage in legislation that will create jobs (Infrastructure development for instance) and immigration and force the GOPers to play ball. I think he knows that already. Its the only way around GOP obstructionism.

    Also the Pres must help Dems take back the house 2014 if it doesnt happen next week, both for his and the countrys sake. Another round of Issa's stupid investigations will just dampen productive legislation.

  •  MSN to America:We tell you the news not report it. (0+ / 0-)

    How about that.

    The Republican party has become the politburo of capitalism. It seeks to direct the direction this country is going NO MATTER WHAT WE THE PEOPLE THINK.

    by tarminian on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 05:42:37 AM PDT

  •  Again: it takes TWO to tango! (0+ / 0-)
  •  You know what though? (3+ / 0-)
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    Obama is freed of any worries about running for election.

    He doesn't have to give a rats ass about how anyone perceives hm.  He only has to care about what is most effective for getting his agenda done.

    This may include trying to set up house Dems for a majority in 2014 and defending the senate in 2014.

    But he can be as much of an asshole as he needs to be elsewhere.  And if we get filibuster reform, watch those appointments just fly through the senate, changing the regulatory landscape for the next 4 years and the judiciary for the next 40.

    •  Problem is he DOES have to give a rat's ass (2+ / 0-)
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      Because in 2014 the Repugnicans will be tying him to Democratic incumbents in their ads.  If Obama is perceived badly by the electorate, the "guilt by association" will torpedo those candidates in the mid-terms.

      As for filibuster reform, we'd all love to see it but will Senate Dems actually push for it?  It wasn't all that long ago that the filibuster was the weapon of choice for a Democratic minority.  Only back in 2004 we called it "damage control" -- probably the same thing the other side is claiming now.

      What would fix a lot of this is term limits in both houses of  Congress.  Hah!  Yeahright... sometimes I crack myself up.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 06:27:04 AM PDT

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      •  What would fix many things (1+ / 0-)
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        is not having it take a fortune to run for office.

        The odds of getting people who aren't stupidly rich making all our laws would go way up.

        •  You crack me up even more than I do! (0+ / 0-)

          I should hasten to point out that I completely agree with your assessment.  Of course, it would also help a lot if we got rid of the lobbyists (~chortle~) and the bribery (~guffaw~) and graft (~snort~)...  And maybe ... oh... I dunno, required some truth in political ads (~bwahahahaha~).

          But no, seriously... getting to a place where an ordinary person could afford to run is only one problem.  Getting to a place where that person could afford to WIN is the bigger problem.  I can't speak for other states, but here in NC, the legislators in the NCGA are only part-time employees (never mind that they get full-time benefits... that's a whole other bucket of corrupt).  You couldn't live on a legislator's salary -- at least not in Raleigh, where the legislature IS.  So what we get are a collection of lawyers, business owners and trust fund babies propped up by Art Pope.  And they stick around because they're the only names people recognize on the ballot.  Same applies -- with even greater force -- to city council members and county commissioners.  The only people who can afford to take the job are ones who don't need a job.  That's not representative government, no matter which party you're talking about.  Because for every Warren Buffett there are a hundred David Koch's.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 08:42:51 AM PDT

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          •  National offices pay a living wage (0+ / 0-)

            But yeah, I don't see a british-style parliamentary election (with a very restricted campaign season and much smaller districts geographically) happening here any time soon.

            •  True at the federal level (0+ / 0-)

              but in order to GET to the federal level, you pretty much have to start at the local and state level.  And THOSE jobs -- at least in my state -- DON'T pay you enough to live on.

              And then there's the not-small problem of financing a campaign without some kind of Faustian bargain.  We teach our kids that anybody can be President, but it just ain't so.  Somewhere along the way, you're gonna have to make a deal.  And even the Obama campaign with its 4 million small donors needed Big Money to stay viable.  Public financing is an option everyone turns to in these discussions, and that's not a bad alternative as far as it goes.  Every candidate gets X dollars and has to get the most out of that finite amount of money.  And we HAVE that option, but nobody can mount a successful campaign based on check-offs alone.  Not when the other side is bringing in 8-figure checks from casino operators.

              But hopefully the nastiness of this election cycle will bring that discussion back to our collective attention.

              I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

              by mojo11 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 01:12:12 PM PDT

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  •  And for the purple-redstate (2+ / 0-)
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    congresscritters, he can give them "wins" where they "Stand up to him" on stuff that isn't as important, doing his best to be a foil for them.

    This might have to rotate a bit from time to time to get everything passed.  But 50+Joe Biden allows him to give  pass for 2-3 of them on every vote, depending how the senate shakes out.

  •  Its all about 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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    Expect a president who talks from the pulpit more and instead of walking softly with a big stick, he'll use his stick to beat the agenda.

    And when the GOP continues their obstructionist stance, and given trending demographics despite redrawn lines, we will see a blue wave as this nation rejects the divisive politics of the GOP.

    The GOP have no option other than to come to the table and play ball, or they can expect themselves out in the wilderness for some time.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 06:23:48 AM PDT

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