I post this in response to Brother Charlie Pierce who asks the musical question:
Somebody is going to have to explain to me why the Democratic "base," which is presumably younger and more spry than the older and whiter Republican "base," is nonetheless less likely to turn out for midterm elections than the That Sean Hannity Reminds Me Of My Grandson crowd. It is taken as a given, and past performance indicates clearly that it's usually the case, but I'm not sure why it has to be. So, in the interest to changing this curious dynamic, let me take this red-hot poker and shove it up the base's ass.Short answer: Because Drooooones!
Short answer: Because Both Sides.
Short answer: Because notta dime's wortha difference!
Not the entire base, of course. Not all young voters, of course. But perhaps just enough. And "just enough" is all that is required.
My first time out of the paddock, I voted for John Anderson, because Reagan was obviously nuts, and Jimmy Carter had done several things that slashed my Liberal heart. Also Edward Kennedy expended enormous quantities of money and liberal passion explaining to me that Jimmy Carter was unfit to hold office and undeserving of my vote, so when it came time to close the curtain and pull the lever, I went for Anderson, because I wanted to walk down the street with a righteous spring in my step and be able to say, sorry, not my fault, if and when the shit came down.
And boy howdy, did the shit ever come down. The Reagan Administration's butcher's bill is too long and ghastly to recap in a single post, but suffice it to say, the election of Ronald Wilson Reagan in 1980 whelped virtually all the economic, foreign policy, media and cultural monsters and demons and zombies and succubi which have since run completely amok in this country and destroyed our ability to have sane conversations about politics and government.
Because I was more concerned with my ideological purity than the practical outcomes of real decision in the real world -- because I would not bear the thought of getting my hands dirty voting for the lesser of two evils -- I bear some responsibility for the Reagan Catastrophe. It is a mistake I do not plan on making again.
So if Brother Charles is really serious about this -- if he would like to do something more productive than lecturing the Yute Of America in general, and instead throw some precision-guided shade in the direction of one the loudest, most vitriolic and best-funded advocates of Democrats standing aside and letting this happen --
Jim Inhofe as the chairman of the Senate Environment Committee? Chuck (Bag Of Hammers) running Judiciary? Grumpy McCloudyeller with an even bigger platform as chairman of Armed Services? Jefferson Davis Beauregard Sessions as chairman of anything?-- then I suggest he take it up with this guy:
Because continuing to take this matter up with Mr. Greenwald all by my lonesome is now well beyond my pay grade.
(BTW, if you have a chance to watch the entire Anderson/Reagan debate, it's quite a remarkable time capsule. From a "Drill everywhere right now!" energy policy to a constant drumbeat that Gummint is Evil and Out To Get You to the fairy tale that if we just slash regulation and taxes to the bone everything'll be great [A balanced budget by 1983!] and we'll all be rich as pirates...there is no fundamental difference between the Randite crank Reagan was slinging 34 years ago, and the average hour of Hate Radio or Fox Teevee today.)