Komedy Gold

A young Kossack wants to know what is wrong with her daddy:

I don’t understand

by Janusdog

I grew up in Wisconsin, and I went to undergrad at Madison. My parents grew up in Wisconsin, and went to undergrad at Madison. My grandparents grew up in Wisconsin, and also went to Madison.

My grandparents are dead now. But my parents still live in Wisconsin. My brother and I have relocated to our respective coasts – NYC and LA.

My mother is a teacher, and has been a teacher and respected union organizer for 40 years – her entire career. We grew up with excellent insurance and financial security. Now, my father has many chronic diseases, and my mother provides the insurance benefits that they depend on. Her union has a good relationship with the school board, but their contract is up soon, and no one can promise what will happen after that. Eventually my father will be too disabled to work. Premiums have already increased by 15% this past year.

So in speaking to my mother today, can any of you explain to me why my father voted for Walker?


Three generations of my family have grown up in Wisconsin, given back to Wisconsin, and have appreciated the lessons for life we learned there. And yet, my father is voting for Walker. Walker, who is actively engaged in destroying my parents’ livelihood and retirement (and mine, and my fellow abortion rights advocates’).

I simply can’t get my mind around WHY. This goes beyond voting against one’s own interest. I don’t even know what this is.

And the (almost) worst part? At the YMCA where my father swims, his coffee klatch of old men say he’s “too liberal” and they really need to convince him to become more “conservative.” He says this with pride. One day I said to him, “what’s further right? Fascism?”

I really used to wonder how ordinary, good Germans watched the takeover from the sidelines, or didn’t leave. And now I know. But I still don’t understand.

Over 200 comments, and no one asks the basic question: Why don’t you ask him?

Here are a few of the comments:

Stories like this make me wonder
gosh, could this happen to me as I get older?

My personal favorite:

The ability to process the newly incredible amount of information available in our newly incredible information environment/society/culture is key.

That’s why the “next” generation stepping up and pressing for power is so important. The ability to process large amounts of information, which is demonstrably generational due to technology, simply cannot be overstated. It is, really, a bit unfair. But in our modern world, we really do have to give an unprecedented amount of influence to…..to put it bluntly….smart people.

And of course, smart people are (through the use of Occam’s Razor if nothing else) overwhelmingly Liberal.

Unintentional irony:

Well said. Bravo. I have often quipped that the

GOP system is based on a sort of group think and if you stray from the herd then you are one of them – a faceless, nameless other devoid of American principles, unholy and barely human. It’s a caricature of everything worthy of hate and the violence that comes with it. They call them liberals and democrats or any derivative of those words. Sigh. This is our political reality where the rhetoric is believed and people vote accordingly.

Junior fascist:

I’ve said it elsewhere …

… it’s long past time we switch from “we shall overcome” to “by any means necessary.”

And of course:

We elected America’s first non-white President

a scant four years ago. A backlash was inevitable, and RepubliCorp has exploited it mercilessly.

A lot of older Americans thought unions were just fine… until they started admitting “coloreds”. They thought public education was dandy… until the schools were desegregated.

None of these folks consider themselves to be racist. They would be offended to be called as such. It’s buried too deep. But “crypto-racism” explains much of what is otherwise seen as irrational conservatism.

People whose parents fled to the suburbs during the sixties carry the virus of their parent’s overt racism… but it’s been carefully channeled into a vague resentment against government in general.

Walker’s heavy conservative support in Wisconsin’s suburbs point to this.

The general consensus at Cheetoville seems to be that everyone except them is stupid. Apparently they are immune to the propaganda that controls so many other people’s minds.

That’s why they support Barack Obama.

I would be worried about their authoritarian tendencies if they weren’t so hapless.

The left is never gonna “get it” until they understand that conservatives (most of them anyway) are intelligent, informed, sane, rational and of good moral character – they just disagree about the way things ought to be.

Yes, there are some idiots and nutjobs on the right. But there are plenty of them on the left too. Once you concede that there is nothing “wrong” with the other side, you are forced to debate and defend your ideas with them.

Either way, someday your kids will be wondering what is wrong with you, too.

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70 Responses to Komedy Gold

  1. Lulu says:

    My kids talked about me that way too when they were twelve.

  2. votermom says:

    Was busy last night. Hubby picked CBS this morning for news. They mentioned NJ results (neighboring state) but did not mention Wisconsin at all.
    That was when I knew Walker had won. LOL.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Isn’t it sad? Americans have gotten good at reading the text AND the subtext. The press telegraph their intentions in so many ways, and story prioritization is one of them.

  3. Pips says:

    OT. As I’m late to the ‘party’ I’ll post my comment here: Stellar post myiq on ‘Who let the Dawg out?’.

    One other thing I remember from the ‘Fairy Tale Incident’ but will never be able to explain (as I didn’t document what happened while it happened) was how the media somehow managed to distort the timeline of what went down that day.

    I recall seeing footage in the news of a flustered Bill Clinton being swarmed by the press in a lobby somewhere, trying to explain what he had actually said. And I recall at that point realizing that something was very off with the media’s timeline in their reporting of this, which made the whole ‘affair’ appear more incriminating than it actually was.

    It was neither the first or the last time the media ‘screwed’ with a timeline to change the overall picture into what they wanted it to look like, but I do wish I had taken notes back then so I had documentation. Instead of sounding tinfoilhatty. Oh well … 😎

  4. OldCoastie says:

    Still trying to find the statewide percent of write in votes for CA for the presidential. Merced County shows Barry lost a little more than 10%, but I sure can’t find a single posting for the rest of the state.

    • insanelysane says:

      I checked Calif Elections with SOS Debra Bowen and it says Obama got 100% of the vote.
      This is absolutely wrong as I voted with a write-in candidate so if I did then I’ll bet others did too. How can it be 100% for O?

    • votermom says:

      Love this part starting at the 7:15 mark on Greta – Greta asks her what she thought of Bill Clinton campaigning in Wisconsin and Sarah praised him and said he reminded voters that what he & Newt did showed that fiscal responsibilty works. LOL.
      Best quote:

      “President Clinton recognizes what the solutions are. And he had a very diplomatic, kind of crafty, nice way of telling the public that what he and Speaker Gingrich and the Republican majority in Congress did in those years that he was President was actually helpful for the nation’s economy versus what the recall activists were trying to prove in this Wisconsin recall effort.”

  5. lyn5 says:

    Those blogs whose writers say they hate Republicans lost me, because we all will have to work together to get out of this mess. Hate also is a luxury I can’t afford. Both parties can play their games, but I have faith that the voters eventually will elect people who want to solve our nation’s problems and who do not want to play their political party games.

  6. The ability to process the newly incredible amount of information available in our newly incredible information environment/society/culture is key.

    BWAHAHAHAHA! That is SOOO RICH! Process information? Like hell they do. FCS they can’t spell, they can’t do basic “mental math”!

    The ability to process large amounts of information, which is demonstrably generational due to technology, simply cannot be overstated. It is, really, a bit unfair. But in our modern world, we really do have to give an unprecedented amount of influence to…..to put it bluntly….smart people.

    Processing large amounts of information is generational? Due to technology? I will concede that due to technology we now have faster access to more information. That does not equate with the ability to process said information.
    And “smart people” can tell the difference between information and propaganda/kool-aid.
    THAT is ‘processing’ information. Read (including all sides of the argument), cross reference, research, think, think, think- and come to a knowledge based decision.

    • votermom says:

      Centuries ago, memory was a discipline. Some scholars created memory palaces and other mental techniques to store incredible amounts of information.
      These days we have lazy minds.

    • WMCB says:

      So these days we need to give an “unprecedented influence” to smart people?

      This person is doing nothing more than attempting to paste some pseudointellectual veneer over his burning desire for fascism and feudalism. It’s not really oppression, see, because the poor dears need someone to run their lives for them. The lord of the manor has nothing but love and concern for those serfs. However would the uneducated classes run their lives, much less the world, without us at the top?

      ” We know better, we are better, therefore it is natural and just and good that we should rule over you” has been the refrain of every set of fucking despots in history.

      I cannot describe to you the revulsion that rises in me when I hear stuff like that. And the left is filthy with various shades of it. These people are the enemy, and I am now at fucking war. You hear me? WAR.

      Until the left roots out and routs this evil ( yes I said evil) philosophy, rejecting it utterly, then they are the enemy. Because if you have no real belief in the dignity and rights of EVERY human being to self-determination, then all the “good policies” in the world won’t cover that stench of despotism.

      • YES! You put it much better than I!
        I swear- all they do is parrot what the teacher said. Sometimes a good strategy for getting an “A” from a jerk professor- but never ever good for actually exercising the brain.

      • Lulu says:

        The problem is also that they get to decide who is smart. Who is smart to them? Those with the same life experiences, socio-economic, regional and educational backgrounds who reinforce their bigotry are smart. Everyone else is not. This is the same shit as in 2008. They have learned nothing and are doubling down. They are convinced that they are in the right and virtuous. Like Batman. And bat signals.

      • WMCB says:

        The test is this: if you could have your every dream policy enacted, but it came at the cost of giving absolute control to the “smart set”, would you make that bargain? My answer is not only no, but HELL FUCKING NO.

    • angienc says:

      I read a book — it’s YA lit, but really good — called Feed by MT Anderson — it’s an extrapolation of all this technology we have now (“feeds” — a kind of personalized internet, tv, smart phone, computer chip — that are implanted in peoples brains at birth giving them instant access to absolutely everything) and there is a line where the narrator states the feed “makes everyone super smart without having to work.”

      That line totally sums up what that doofus is writing there — a complete misunderstanding that having instant access to information makes one “smart” without having to work (or think).

      I will not give away the entire plot (as I recommend the book to everyone & hope you read it) but basically the entire society is nothing but a bunch of stupid sheep who can’t think for themselves due to their dependence on the feed — just like those kids on Kos.

  7. Oswald says:

    Molly Ball:

    It’s important to remember, as Democrats cope with their failure to topple Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday’s recall, that this was a fight they chose.

    Unlike the vast majority of elections, which occur on a regular schedule, the recall was a fight the left picked on purpose. They picked it because they thought they could win. And they were wrong.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Larry Sabato had a little poll trivia this morning. In June 1980 Carter was ahead of Reagan by 7 points. Yet Reagan beat him by 10 points that November. That’s a 17 point swing ! I think Obama is less liked at this point too.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      I saw Hugh Hewitt making a Thatcher-Reagan analogy last night. He said Thatcher foreshadowed Reagan, and Wisconsin just might be Obama’s Thatcher.

  9. votermom says:

  10. votermom says:

    Ha! Good!!!!

  11. Lola-at-Large says:

    Kathleen Falk is the first one Cillizza throws under the bus. That’s the Dem MO. When shit fails, the women are here to take the blame. Thank you, ladies, for your willingness to keep getting beat up and beat out, and never fucking questioning it at all. /s

  12. Lola-at-Large says:

    Anybody know the fate of the four WI senate races at stake last night?

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Found it. There’s a WIKI already! Okay, so out of four races, Republicans won 3 and the last race is too close to call, though the Democrat has declared victory; the incumbent has not conceded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin_Senate_recall_elections,_2012#General_elections

      More to come in the next comment…

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Here’s a story from the Chicago-Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-recall-to-decide-wisconsin-senate-control-too-close-to-call-20120606,0,3606389.story

        Money quote:

        It’s only one seat, but that would be enough to flip control of the Senate from Republicans to Democrats, a change that would in theory make things harder for Walker to push his conservative agenda in Madison.

        However, the legislature isn’t scheduled to meet between now and the November elections, when Republicans will get a crack at regaining control of the Senate.

        And since they controlled the legislature during last year’s redistricting process, they remapped many districts to make them more Republican-friendly, just as Democrats who control the legislature in neighboring Illinois remapped districts to cement their power.

        Bolding mine. So they basically just spent precious money and resources to maybe win a seat they’ll never use. Ain’t democracy fun?

      • WMCB says:

        It’s not going to matter anyway, because the legislature is done with sessions for this term, and redistributing has pretty much ensured an R will take back that seat even if it’s briefly lost.

  13. HELENK says:


    San Jose and San Diego voted for pension reform yesterday. Fiscal responsiblility is spreading

  14. Lola-at-Large says:

    Here’s the demographic breakdown: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/05/us/politics/wisconsin-recall-exit-polls.html

    Note that the gender margin is still strong on the male side, but significantly diminished on the female side. Just 5 points and only 52% for Barret. This does not bode well for Obama.

  15. DandyTiger says:

    Just made up a new phrase for full of it: Obama and Obots are fecally conservative. What? Too soon?

  16. DandyTiger says:

    RIP Ray Bradbury

  17. Lola-at-Large says:

    WSJ makes the case that Obama just doesn’t understand constitutional law: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303918204577444221444859342.html

  18. votermom says:

    The Donald knows what’s going on

  19. votermom says:

    This meme will never get old

  20. HELENK says:

    this has to be one of the best comments of the day on the recall

    from the PJ Tattler

    I love the fact that my measly $100 seems to always beat out George Soros’ millions. Who knew that I was a better investor?

    And a giant HUZZAH to those of you who hit the Gov and Lt. Gov’s piggy banks.

    We win.

  21. votermom says:

    LMAO at this MSNBC montage from last night.

  22. HELENK says:


    this column is about the beginning of the end for today’s msm. How the book The Amateur overcame the msm.

    Last Night msnbc embarrassed itself on the recall coverage. showing that it is a total waste of time and not credible, We have known that since at least 2008, but many did not

  23. WMCB says:

    Wisconsin was the most important race in the country. Until they lost. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0Dqz2P1sk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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