Mike the Mad Biologist

I’ve never gone in for electoral prognostication; after all, in the 2006 election, a huge swath of voters didn’t decide whom they would vote for until a couple of days before the election. Having said that, driftglass identifies the true swing voters of the 2008 election:

Because 100 years from now, the Tale of Election 2008 will be the story of several million ignorant, white, working-class voters – both Democrats and Independents (the Republicans are a lost cause who will remain an unashamedly morally bankrupt open-sewer for at least another 30 years) and which way they turned.

Period.

Right now there is so much pressure on these voters — so much torque to their sense of identity being wrenched onto by them by the economic and cultural disasters wrought by the liars and sociopaths they keep electing — that they are almost in tears, moaning and clawing at their skulls, trying to figure out how to simultaneously:

A) Keep from drowning in a rising tide of ruin and failure of their own making, and

B) Stay faithful to the deep, ugly foundation stones of bigotry they dutifully learned at their fathers’ and grandfathers’ knees and which, up until now, they have been spared the pain of facing by the use of pretty, perfumed code.

They are becoming unhinged trying to reconcile this massive, existential dissonance at the core of their lives, except this time applying the Negrological Constant to magically explain away their fundamentally defective model of the Universe will not work.

This time there they cannot escape the choice the have to make. And this time we on the Left will remind them — loudly, rudely, and from every street corner, blog, and microphone — exactly what those choices are: to adapt and change and live in a Progressive and tolerant nation, or stay just as they are and die in a Conservative and bigoted one.

And right now it is 6-to-5 and pick ‘em which is stronger: the people, or the American Racism Virus that hagrides them.

The Swing Vote That Must Not Be Named.

Comments

  1. #1 iRobot
    August 31, 2008

    If they pick the Racism Virus they deserve to have their lives fall in to the swamp. Their jobs to go overseas,their children to be in never ending wars that are waged to try to hold on to a little bit of the prosperity we used to have, their environment polluted and finally their last remaining rights taken from them.

    The only problem is that we progresives will go down with them and that suxs, with a capital S!

  2. #2 Markk
    August 31, 2008

    I would say 7:5 conservative bigots win based on looking around Wisconsin. Black city folks are energized but race and hate are dominating white voters. I know many who will not vote for Obama because he is black. I have been called a goddam communist asshole while walking past someone’s house mentioning I would vote Democrat. While it might be isolated, it has never happened to me before. I am definitely losing hope in America based on what I am seeing around here.

  3. #3 Ed S.
    August 31, 2008

    In regards to this post, I can tell you that the racism is not hidden in code. It’s right out there, just with a snort or giggle, so that those who are shy can pass it off.

    We have a family gathering today. Last night, I was a little depressed about the number of in-laws who will vote republican no matter what. When my son heard what was on my mind, he said, “Don’t worry, Dad, I myself have signed up more new voters than [grampa] has on his mailing list.

    I have two great kids who will vote for Obama and someone else very close to me will vote the Democratic slate for the first time, having seen what’s happened since 2000.

  4. #4 Damien
    September 1, 2008

    I love what this country has done in the past, but I’ve come to realize that the general population is far, FAR too stupid to live on the world stage. I think we ought to pass the torch to another country so we can have some natural selection on the ignorant masses.

    Intelligentsia FTW!!!

  5. #5 zay?flama
    September 2, 2008

    I have been called a goddam communist asshole while walking past someone’s house mentioning I would vote Democrat. While it might be isolated, it has never happened to me before.

  6. #6 diyet
    September 2, 2008

    When my son heard what was on my mind, he said, “Don’t worry, Dad, I myself have signed up more new voters than [grampa] has on his mailing list.

  7. #7 Chat
    December 22, 2008

    Thank You

  8. #8 mirc
    March 14, 2009

    thanks