Have you noticed that, by and large there seem to be only three"voter" stories in the press anywhere anymore?
First, there are endless stories in both the Elite Liberal Conspiracy Media and the "God Damn that Elite Liberal Conspiracy Media!!" media about how the Elite Liberal Conspiracy Media has looked down its snooty, aristocratic nose at the fee-fees of Real Murrican Trump voters for too long because the average Real Murrican Trump voter is, y'know, a dum-dum.
From Liberals like Michael Tomsky, who, when the going gets tough, can be counted on to not only give your Liberal lunch money and mine away to the schoolyard bully, but go the extra mile to find a reason why it's your own damn fault that the bully is a bully to begin with.
Elitism Is Liberalism’s Biggest Problem
There are plenty of non-deplorables in middle America. The Democrats need to learn how to embrace them.
And from Wingnut Welfare Queen William McGurn, in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal:
Why Elites HateThe liberal contempt for middle America is baked into the idea of identity politics.Nine years after Barack Obama accused small-towners of clinging to guns or religion, nearly three years after Jonathan Gruber was shown to have attributed ObamaCare’s passage to the stupidity of the American voter, and eight months after Hillary Clinton pronounced half of Donald Trump’s voters “irredeemable,” Democrats are now getting some sophisticated advice: You don’t win votes by showing contempt for voters.
In the last week or so a flurry of articles have appeared arguing for toning down the looking-down. In the New Republic Michael Tomasky writes under the heading “Elitism Is Liberalism’s Biggest Problem.” Over at the New York Times , Joan C. Williams weighs in with “The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension.” Slate goes with a Q&A on “advice on how to talk to the white working class without insulting them.” Stanley Greenberg at the American Prospect writes on “The Democrats’ ‘Working-Class Problem,’ ” and Kevin Drum at Mother Jones asks for “Less Liberal Contempt, Please.”...
Then there are many stories in the Elite Liberal Conspiracy Media about how it is oh-so-sloooowly dawning on some of the aforementioned Real Murrican Trump voters that they have complete screwed themselves.
They're on Obamacare, they voted for Trump, and they're already disappointedBut they’re still voting Republican.CORBIN, Kentucky -- There have been no marches against the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare here. No raucous town halls. There was only one protest rally anywhere in the region. Photographs captured a solitary woman holding a sign.
In an area that stands to lose a lot of health coverage under the GOP’s American Health Care Act, the silence does not equal endorsement. It is a sign, instead, of disappointment setting in among a group of conservative voters who only months ago were bubbling with hope for Donald Trump’s health care plan.The uninsured rate here in this rural swath of southeastern Kentucky has plummeted faster under the Affordable Care Act than any other area in the country. I visited the area last winter and talked to Obamacare enrollees who voted for Trump. They expected the president to repeal the law and replace it with something much better. “That man has a head for business,” one enrollee told me. “He will absolutely do his best to change things.”
I went back this spring just after the House passed the AHCA, the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that would cause 23 million fewer Americans to have health coverage, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates. The optimism was gone. Resignation had replaced it.
“You know, thinking about it, I’m not even sure what I expected. I just thought it would miraculously work out wonderful for everybody,” Bobbi Smith, a 62-year-old Obamacare enrollee who voted for Trump, says. “So I guess maybe I didn’t put enough thought into what I would expect from a health care act.”...
Any thought, Bobbi. You didn't put any though into what you "would expect from a health care act." But of course, drawing any conclusions about Bobbi's, y'know, staggering ignorance and complete incompetence as a citizen would be wrong.
So terribly, terribly wrong.
And finally, there are the very lazy "some on the Left" stories which spotlight the concerns of a tiny number of Very Loud Purity Angels who are still furious with Democrats for not going all-in for President Nader.
Live from the Mos Eisley cantina, via WaPo, and with emphasis added for your protection:
As Democrats prep for Comey, some on left want them to give up Russia storyBy David Weigel June 6 at 11:53 AM...Max Blumenthal, a dogged reporter working with the Baltimore-based Real News Network...For four minutes, until the congressman was pulled away by a staffer, an award-winning journalist with bylines at the Nation and Salon asked whether he’d been telling bellicose lies about Russia and the Trump team. “Why aren’t we talking about jobs or racism?” Blumenthal asked.“We are in a new cold war with Russia that is totally unjustified given the facts,” said Dan Kovalik, a labor lawyer and author of “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia”...“False thrillers will now be written about the Russians hacking the American elections,” wrote director Oliver Stone... Stone, who wrote a blurb for “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia,” is now promoting his own sit-down interviews with Putin...“The Democrats are doing precisely what Trump is doing, arguing against things and not for anything,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association, and a critic of the Democrats’ Russia focus. “They don’t forward policies, they react to what they conceive of as red meat."......to the skeptics on the left, Democrats were making little real headway. Michael Tracey, a reporter for the Young Turks...
And although it is not a "voter story" I would be remiss if I did not include in the general category of "Stupid Political Stories About Which Apparently We Can Never Hear Enough" the endless, endless tales of how "Campus Liberals Are Ruining Murrica Just Like Trump!!" from Respectable Conservatives in the mainstream media.
Because without false equivalences, the poor babies would have no equivalences at all.
From the execrable John Kass in the Chicago Tribune:
Political biology on American college campuses: The left's angry young devour the liberal old...But with all those ripe, idiotic presidential figs falling into pundits' hands, journalism has been somewhat distracted from the Democratic tension on college campuses.What happened to the Republicans years ago—a collapse of the middle ground — is now happening to the Democrats, and it bears watching too.So what shall we call it?We might find the answer in the remarks of Robespierre, a student of the use of fear and the mob. But who reads European history anymore?...
You know who gets virtually no ink or pixels or camera time or anything, anywhere? Any of those 66 million American who went to the polls last November and gave Hillary Clinton a clear and resounding popular vote victory. You know, boring old America Democrats. Average Joe Liberals and Jane Progressives, of every color, creed and class, in every state in the union.
To remedy this situation. for an hour each day I sit on my porch right here in the middle of Middle America, whittling, sipping corn likker from my jug, wearing my Toby Keith tee-shirt and watching as vans carrying the New York Times Action Zeitgeist Team and the Washington Post Heartland Rapid Response Squad whiz past looking for Real Murricans to whom they can abjectly apologize, and from whom they have promised their editors they can glean golden ingots of home-spun wisdom about the wilderness out here beyond the Potomac and the Hudson.
I do hope they stop one day, if only to ask directions.
Because I would definitely like to tell them where to go.