Don’t even bother to vote

Matt Taibbi: Journalists Do Not Think Election Will Be Close, Only Say So To ‘Sell Advertising’

Matt Taibbi, contributing editor with Rolling Stone Magazine, appeared on CNN on Thursday where he discussed the state of the presidential race. Taibbi said that, of the journalists he associates with, there is a feeling that President Obama has already won the 2012 election. There is a “relatively popular incumbent, the economy is not doing terribly,” and the only reason the press suggests the race will be close is that “we have to sell advertising.”

When asked about polls showing a close race, Taibbi said:

I saw that poll – I don’t believe it. I don’t know any campaign journalists out there who thinks that Romney has a legitimate chance to win. And I’m not making a value judgment about any candidate. I just think that, in the press, there’s this general feeling that this election is a foregone conclusion. You have a relatively popular incumbent, the economy is not doing terribly and traditionally – especially the candidate who has a fundraising advantage – almost always wins.

Kinda reminds me of when those campaign journolistas decided that Hillary could not possibly catch Obama so she should quit running. Except she did catch him. So they declared him the winner anyway.

Matt needs to get out more. The economy sucks like a Hoover, unemployment is about twice the official number and we still haven’t recovered from the housing bust. Obama isn’t exactly popular either – his approval ratings are similar to Jimmy Carter’s. If anyone thinks the race is over they are crazy.

Speaking of crazy people:

A delusional, two-timing Sen. John Edwards dreamed of a Supreme Court appointment, even as his political career crumbled under the weight of a seedy sex scandal, according to testimony today.

Leo Hindery, Edwards’ economic policy adviser in his failed 2008 White House bid, told jurors that the North Carolina Democrat was ready to surrender after then-candidate Barack Obama won the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.

“He asked me to reach out to the Obama campaign and make clear his availability on the ticket,” said Hindery, managing partner at Intermediary Partners, a private equity firm in New York.

Edwards had been Sen. John Kerry’s running mate in 2004. If not the White house, Edwards’ ultimate goal was to someday reach America’s highest court, according to Hindrey.

“We talked about a more elaborate goal of Mr. Edwards, which was to be a Supreme Court justice,” Hindrey told the federal panel.

I guess they offered Edwards what he wanted. He endorsed Obama on May 14, 2008. But two months later somebody snitched him off to the National Enquirer and he was busted visiting Rielle Hunter at a Los Angeles hotel.

Sorry, John. We really wanted to nominate you for Attorney General but that’s impossible now. Thanks for the endorsement though. Best of luck!

I am embarrassed to admit I was once a lukewarm Edwards supporter. In my defense I was really hoping Al Gore would run and never looked closely at the other options.

Edwards was the original ABC (Anybody But Clinton) candidate. He was Hillary’s main competition for most of 2007. When he faded late in the year the CDS brigades flocked to the banner of Teh Precious.

Imagine if Edwards had managed to win the election before news of his love child leaked out. It would have crippled his presidency right from the start.

“I should have done my thinking with this head.”

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110 Responses to Don’t even bother to vote

  1. There he goes again. Matt Taibbi is a slimy incendiary bomb thrower. Even if he’s wrong and we get to rub his face in it, it won’t stop him from lobbing the next nuclear grenade. Of course all of the pollsters are wrong, right?

    The only thing sad about him is that there are others like him thinking that the race is over except for the need to ramp up a close race to sell ads and keep slimy journolisters employed. Blech…….

    • wmcb says:

      Cynthia, I don’t think he’s deluded or just wrong, I think he knows it’s a close race or worse, and this is deliberate.

      The Obama camp is scared. Their internals don’t look good. The media is going all out to drag him across the finish line. 2008 is going to look like nothing compared to 1012.

      This is a deliberate HAKA, to depress and discourage opponents.

  2. angienc says:

    Pure haka from Taibbi & not even an original one at that but a cut & paste job from the 2008 Dem primary. But ssh! Don’t let him know we’re on to him. Seeing his panic grow worse as the election grows closer will be more fun that way.

  3. myiq2xu says:


    The presidential campaign of John Edwards was cratering in January 2008 after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    But he still had one very important bargaining chip: his endorsement.

    And he planned to use that endorsement to further his political career, a former top adviser told jurors and a capacity audience in a downtown federal courtroom here Thursday. Edwards envisioned himself in a Supreme Court justice’s robes and was willing to support whichever candidate — Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton — could make that happen, the former adviser, Leo Hindery, testified.


    At the time of the first overtures to Obama, Edwards was adamantly opposed to having Clinton become the party’s eventual nominee, Hindery said. “He thought that would be a disaster,” Hindery said.

    But as the month wore on, Edwards’s position shifted, Hindery said. By the time he was preparing to drop out of the race, in late January, Hindery said, Edwards was gravitating to Clinton and pinning his hopes on her getting the nomination and paving a path for him to the Supreme Court. Later, he would switch again, Hindery said, ultimately endorsing Obama after the future president promised to take on Edwards’s signature issue, poverty.


    • jeffhas says:

      ultimately endorsing Obama after the future president promised to take on Edwards’s signature issue, poverty.


      Sorry – I just had to add to that – since Obama clearly took on Poverty, by way of Wall Street.

    • Both of them are scumbags, because you know what? Obama hasn’t done shit about poverty, except to increase it.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    • myiq2xu says:

      Shortly after sending U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W. Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to the United States’ mission there.

      More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter of the parliament’s seats are reserved for women who at least on paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men.

      But Obama rarely speaks about that progress, delegating discussion of women’s rights to his secretary of state and other top diplomats so he can focus on narrower goals for Afghanistan: uprooting the militants there and getting out.

      Obama’s lack of overt attention to Afghan women has led many to fear their hard-fought gains will slip away as the United States hands off security responsibility to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with ever-present Taliban leaders still holding sway in much of the countryside.

    • votermom says:

      Too busy to write a post (commenting in between stuff) but I hope someone does.

  5. driguana says:

    Not sure what planet Matt Taibbi lives on but it, apparently, is not this one. Long ago and far away I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone…..when it was mostly about music….

  6. wmcb says:

    It’s going to be all haka, all the time from here on out.

    AP just published a poll showing Obama up over Romney, by using a +14 Democrat sample. Even in 2008, in the biggest Democratic wave election in recent memory, the Dems were only +7 over R’s in turnout. And that lead had vanished completely by 2010. But they are going to hugely exceed that 2008 high water mark in 2012? Yeah, right.

    LMAO! I am actually enjoying the dog stories, the teen bully stories, the ridiculous polls. Because what it says to me is they fecking know Obama is in deep shit. The more outrageous they get, the more I smile, because it stinks to high heaven of desperation.

    • DandyTiger says:

      And on top of that, the actual Obama campaign efforts are amateur hour. They carefully plan for and execute on the dog story, turns out Obama eats dogs. They carefully plan for and execute on the made up bully story, turns out Obama brags about bullying little girls and others in his book (and never apologized). Of course the MSM will keep it slanted one way, but the social media side of things sure looks different this year. 🙂

      • wmcb says:

        The media keeps getting blindsided because they have yet to accept the reality that they no longer have a lock on the narrative.

        Do they still have the biggest megaphone? Sure they do. But they are still trying to live in a world where they can coordinate a meme, put it out there, and pretty much have very little pushback. A world where the only choice opponents had was to come whining to the press, hat in hand, to beg some ink or airtime for a weak rebuttal on their terms.

        They are lumbering dinosaurs, and those agile little furry, warm-blooded, weaker creatures are starting to run circles around them.

        • DandyTiger says:

          What’s interesting is nothing is coordinated or orchestrated. It’s just people pissed off. That alone should scare the shit out of people.

  7. votermom says:

    Bristol Palin defends Hillary on the “no make-up” non-story this week. See, I knew this girl was raised as a real old-school feminist.

    Isn’t it crazy how a little decision like, “should I wear my foundation today?” ended up getting so much national attention? I’m not a Democrat or an important leader, but it seems a little overdone.
    When I was on Dancing with the Stars, I was only nineteen years old. I was active and fit, but I did gain five to ten pounds over the course of the show. At my heaviest, I was still thinner than a lot of girls my age, but heavier than I am now. I’m not saying this because I’m somehow proud of how I looked on that show. Rather, I’m saying that I’ve been the brunt of jokes, speculation, and criticism about my appearance, and it’s not fun.
    When people choose to mock young impressionable females and even more mature national political leaders, it spreads the lie that the value of women resides in their appearance. As women, we should resist the urge to laugh at our sisters, both Democrats and Republicans alike. Plus, Hillary looks good! I think we should give her credit for not having a make up artist following her around and being comfortable in her own skin.

    • wmcb says:

      Go, Bristol! As I said, I don’t have an issue with makeup if a woman chooses to wear it. Nothing wrong with wanting to look better if that’s your thing. Have at it.

      What I object to is the entrenched attitude that women somehow owe it to society to look a certain way. That it is not a personal choice. That it is some kind of horrible offense against all that is decent for a prominent woman to appear in public without makeup. That shit needs to go.

    • Erica says:

      It’s interesting to me that this sounds as if it could have been written by Chelsea as much as by Bristol. I bet those two have more in commen than not.

  8. DandyTiger says:

    Taibbi is a pathetic shill for Obama. I don’t think the effort to say Obama has already won will stick the same way it did in ’08. In fact it’s such a disconnect in contrast to the polling and the general feeling among most people, that it comes across desperate.

    Matt, your flop sweat is showing.

  9. votermom says:

    This is the headline on drudge today:
    B A C K L A S H

    Mitt 50% , Barack 43%

  10. votermom says:

    great cartoon

  11. wmcb says:

    Heh. New Survey USA poll has Obama up by 5 in ……. Oregon. That he won by 16% in 2008.

  12. Those of you on Twitter should totalle retweet this. 😀

  13. WMCB says:

    Geez, they are going to sink themselves. They keep this crap up, Obama is going to end up with 20% of the white vote.

    Dems training in how to push the race card for 2012:

  14. HELENK says:

    funny how after getting his arse kicked by felon in a coal state, and not doing good in another coal state, backtrack evolves on coal

  15. HELENK says:

    just in case anyone was wondering

    wonder when the censure hearing will start

  16. propertius says:

    I am embarrassed to admit I was once a lukewarm Edwards supporter.

    I gave him money. Now that’s embarrassing!

    • Oswald says:

      Never give them money. That just encourages them.

    • gxm17 says:

      I don’t think I ever gave him money but he was my number two pick. I feel like a real idiot for ever believing that scumbag deserved my vote. I’m also embarrassed that Kucinich was my number one pick. Gawd, but those guys turned out to be such losers. Thank heavens for Hillary!

      • votermom says:

        He was my first pick because I watched (on tv) a townhall where Elizabeth was talking and she seemed real and middle-class adn really won me over.She was a good campaigner. So you can imagine how disgusted I am by his cheating on her.

    • leslie says:

      Sad to say, I supported him in 2000 and 2008 – money, volunteer time, etc. until I heard him say something to Hillary during one of the debates and I then called Chapel Hill – no small thing for me as my long distance charges are astronomical. I demanded they return everypenny I ever gave and said I was turning my support to the only person with any brains and integrity running – – -Senator Clinton

      • propertius says:

        I was disappointed in Clinton’s early campaign. I thought she was playing it too safe (mostly at Mark Penn’s instigation) and I wanted someone from the Left to force her to take firmer positions. Like most folks, I sort of assumed she’d be the eventual nominee.

        I thought Edwards, particularly with his emphasis on the continuing problem of American poverty, could provide that push (mostly from Elizabeth).

        Silly me.

        • Karma says:

          I too assumed Hillary would be the nominee and took the usual stance of looking at everyone. So I also appreciated the discussion that Edwards brought to the table.

          But I thought it was brilliant that she was running a general election campaign in the primaries. That the Reps would have no flip-flopping, etch-a-sketch moments with Hillary from the primaries to nail her on in the general. Every candidate running seems to have issues with that pivot and for once our candidate wouldn’t. I truly couldn’t wait for the general to see how that strategy played out. Silly me…lol

          Too bad the internet was flooded with Obots who insisted the Senator from NY during 9/11 should’ve backed down on that war vote. Because we all know that a woman/’the weaker sex’ could get into the WH by flip-flopping on the military response to an attack on US soil. [headdesk]

        • myiq2xu says:

          Funny how they quit caring about the war once Obama was elected.

    • I’m glad to say I never feel for Edwards seduction. I never trusted him, despite liking his wife very much.

  17. votermom says:

    This belongs to the previous thread .. don’t click on it or you may be haunted forever

  18. HELENK says:

    for no reason just because sometimes we need to see something good

    • votermom says:

      That made me cry, in a good way.

    • wmcb says:

      I saw it yesterday on the news, and teared up big time. My oldest daughter has cerebral palsy (though not that severe), so it hit a nerve.

    • Karma says:

      That made me tear up too. We have friends who have a son with cerebral palsy. For years he couldn’t talk but would act out scenarios to communicate. He could express these complicated ideas perfectly. I could understand him better without words than some who could speak…lol. He is in college now and doing great.

  19. yttik says:

    OMG! I haven’t read an actual newspaper in person for months.Today I read the NY Times. Every single headline is pro-Obama.

    “Obama’s bold support of gay marriage”
    “Obama’s courageous stand against terrorism.”
    “Obama creates jobs and saves the economy!”

    Seriously, I was actually embarrassed to be reading such sappy and biased drivel. They’ve taken hero worship to a whole new level. I felt like i was reading a cheesy romance novel.

    • wmcb says:

      The NYT’s problem is that you are not the only one not reading those dinosaurs anymore. Have ya seen their circulation numbers? It’s baaaad.

  20. votermom says:

    People are tweeting live from Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at the SALT conf.
    Check this one out:

  21. Here’s the real story being buried under all this gay marriage / who’s the bigger bully, Romney or the breast feeding mom bullshit:

  22. wmcb says:

    Fred Thompson on Twitter is freaking funny. If he had been this funny in 2008, he might have gotten somewhere.

  23. HELENK says:

    race training for dem party.

    Just my opinion

    considering the unemployment rate among minorities is higher than the rest of the country might be a factor

    the failure of education among minority school districts might be a factor

    the continued playing of the victim card might be a factor. telling people that they cannot succeed on their own is really insulting them not helping them

  24. HELENK says:


  25. r u reddy says:

    Well. . . if Obama really is that “far ahead”, then it won’t hurt anything if several million seekers-after-perfection vote for a Third Party candidate instead of voting for Obama. I mean, if Obama is going to win anyway without the Seekers-After-Perfection vote, then the seekers-after-perfection are free to find and vote for the “next Kucinich” in 2012. That’s what I’ll be doing.

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