Our Midterm Votes Are Vital–Being Distracted Is Not
16 Oct 2018
Three weeks from today, we have a very important date with the voting booth. In the meantime, we can talk to friends and neighbors about the issues of vital concern to Americans, like health care, preserving pre-existing conditions protections, protecting Social Security and Medicare from unfair cuts, correcting the GOP Tax Scam, taking action on climate change, as well as restoring much needed oversight and accountability in Congress. The goal being that by discussing what matters, our friends and neighbors will be more inclined to vote, too. It is not the time to be distracted by news outlets hunting for click-bait by dredging up issues that were resolved twenty years ago, all in the name of continuing to make Hillary Clinton wear a hair shirt.
People who allow themselves to be distracted by Hillary answering a question about Bill Clinton’s consensual affair with a 24 year old are asking themselves the wrong question. Three weeks before a vital election, this is not about “what she should have said” when asked if this was “an abuse of power”. She is his wife. She is going to give a defensive answer. They know this, too.
The question we should be asking is why are network news outlets baiting Hillary with this now? By doing so, they are distracting from Democrats’ message. The unfortunate byproduct of this cynical behavior is to tamp down the Blue Wave the GOP so fears is coming. Whatever your opinion on the 1998 Clinton issue, that is not the media’s concern, nor are they looking for accountability. This is about ratings and sensationalism for its own sake. A corporate owned media is again playing eager stenographers for the GOP, who know that when we talk about big issues — like confirming the questionable Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the horribly ballooning deficit as a result of their unpopular tax bill, which gave massive tax cuts to rich cronies — they lose. As President Obama’s former speechwriter, Jon Favreau put it, ‘when we talk about big issues, they lose. So they want to keep you talking about small things.’
Well paid pundits sitting behind posh desks in expensive suits are not trying to help you by promoting twenty+ year old news, so don’t help them.
Don’t be distracted.
No one can think the New York Times honestly believes they need to hold Hillary accountable for what her husband did when he was already impeached, disbarred and censured for his affair while in office. I’d say that’s already a reckoning. As opposed to the the unvarnished grotesque we now have in office who violates the emoluments clause daily, has had numerous affairs, surrounds himself with crooks (a number of whom have already been indicted), lies constantly and is held accountable for nothing.
I am also not going to be distracted by Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test to verify her Indian ancestry (or the reaction to it). It has nothing to do with the critical issues we face today.
My focus is on helping progressive candidates all up and down the ballot box win their elections in November. I can’t afford to do anything else.