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Posted by Hissyspit in Political Videos
Mon Oct 18th 2010, 11:23 PM

 
MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show - Oct. 18, 2010: Rachel explains how the accepted media/punditry/Right-wing narrative memes that are being accepted as explanation for why Republicans are going to pick up seats this midterm election are proved false by what's actually going on in the Right-wing campaigns and ads.

PART TWO!!: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...

RACHEL: "It is two weeks until the elections. And now, two weeks before the elections, it is finally becoming clear what is going to happen in these elections and why.

It has not been clear before because over the past few weeks in particular, the media narrative about what's going to happen in this year's elections has turned into a Republican campaign ad. There has been no daylight over the last couple of weeks between how the Beltway media has been explaining what's going on in politics, and what conservative candidates say they want to happen in American politics. In other words, the messages that the Beltway media is using to explain what happening in the election right now happen to be the exact same messages that the Republicans are using in their campaign ads. This might be one of those things thats easier to show then say. So here's just one example.

Here is the spin, as dictated by the punditocracy:

It's the Deficit! That's what the elections are all about. It's the deficit. 'The reason Republicans are going to pick up seats in this election is because people are FED UP with the deficit.' That's the media spin.

(QUOTING THE HILL) 'The Republican Party's focus on reducing the federal deficit may be resonating with independent voters who could swing the midterm elections.'

You know, conveniently, here's the exact same spin in a typical Republican campaign ad this year...

CHUCK FLEISCHMANN (VIDEO): "Deficit spending is the No. 1 threat to our country right now. It's immoral to spend money we don't have...'

- snip -

RACHEL: "See, these two dovetail really nicely, right? It's a perfect 'spin cycle.' The Republicans say 'We want to bring down the deficit.' And then the media says 'Republicans will win because they want to bring down the deficit. That's what explains the election. IT'S THE DEFICIT.'

RACHEL: "NO IT'S NOT. If it were the deficit, this would not have just happened..."

CHRIS WALLACE (VIDEO FROM FOXNEWS): "You want to extend all, all the Bush tax cuts which would add four trillion dollars to the deficit..."

- snip -

MEDIA/RIGHT-WING NARRATIVE: "It's Big Government!"

RACHEL: "No, it's not. Not this election. Not these Republicans."

MEDIA/RIGHT-WING NARRATIVE: "It's the Stimulus!"

RACHEL: "No. It's not. Not this election. Not these Republicans."

MEDIA/RIGHT-WING NARRATIVE: "It's Obamacare!"

RACHEL: "No, it's not. Not this election. Not these Republicans."

MEDIA/RIGHT-WING NARRATIVE: "It's the Populism!"

RACHEL: "No. It's not. Not this election. Not these Republicans."

MEDIA/RIGHT-WING NARRATIVE: "It's Outsiders!"

RACHEL: "No, it's not. Not this election. Not these Republicans."

RACHEL: "... the media dressing these guys up like there is some kind of coherent narrative here, like there is some kind of cogent argument here. THAT conveniently obscures what's REALLY going on here. Which is that we are on the precipice of elevating to federal office the most extreme, and in some cases, strange set of conservative candidates in a lifetime. Yes, this happened to a smaller degree before. In 1994, in the first midterm election after the last Democratic President was elected, we got a slate of candidates that included Helen Chenewith of Idaho and Steve Stockman of Texas. These two were so close to the militia movement in this country that Mr. Stockman actually received advance notice that the Oklahoma City bombing was going to happen.

There are extremist candidates who from time to time survive the churn of electoral politics and actually make it into the mainstream. There's always a few.

But there has never been this many.

NONE OF THIS (she points to the list of narratives) makes any sense.

We're JUST about to elect a whole bunch of EXTREMISTS. Unless things change in the next two weeks..."


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