Here's a quote, which I found at Daily Kos, which is so typical of mainstream reaction to Tuesday's elections that I think I will let it stand in for all of the many others I have seen expressing similar views:
"I’m still trying to figure out what happened," said Janine Parry, a political scientist at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, after the biggest night so far of the midterm election season. "It was really surprising."
Well, I am going to be self-promoting enough to point out that if you had read (and believed) what I have been saying the last year, you would have not been surprised at all.
I have long maintained that the teabag movement is largely a fiction- a propagandistic dumb show created by Republicans to create the appearance of a right wing surge. Here is one more proof that as ignorant as the American electorate may be, they are not quite stupid enough to turn the economy back to the people who wrecked it just two years ago.
I have shown again and again how tea party demonstrations largely consist of a laughably small number of people, inflated by conservatives, with the collaboration of the press, into major national events. Meanwhile, demonstrations on the left, such as the recent immigration marches around the country routinely attract tens or hundreds of times as many people, and are just as routinely ignored by the press.
The Republican party has committed one of the cardinal sins of politics- to believe your own propaganda. Now they have dug a deep hole for themselves, by falling for the notion that the teabaggers represent any kind of movement beyond a small group of racist, greedy jerks that don't want to pay taxes. It's time for the rest of us to get on with running the country.
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