Victory for McCain, Mainstream Media in Florida

With John McCain’s victory last night in the Florida primary, it makes me wonder just how much influence the mainstream media–and, in this case, the mainstream media’s love affair with the Arizona senator–is having on this election.

Think about it. Less than a month before the Iowa Caucus, Mitt Romney had a commanding lead in that state. He spent a ton of money there and made himself a fixture at area restaurants, meeting halls, and the like. Sure, he had a little difficulty justifying his religion to some of the evangelicals in the state, but he was leading and the strategy to win the early states looked to be a good one.
Enter Mike Huckabee, and a debate performance full of wit and well-delivered populist rhetoric. Add (1) a fun television commercial featuring Chuck Norris as Huckabee’s border security strategy, (2) a few fun quips on not having foreign policy experience ["but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!"], (3) a few appearances on recently revived late night talk shows, and (4) reports that the DNC secretly yearned for a Huckabee nomination because he would be easy to beat, and you had the mainstream media following the guy around will all sorts of underestimate-me-like-Reagan comparisons. Despite being hit with all sorts of accusations regarding the purity of his conservative pedigree, the networks blanket-covered him enough that, in a matter of weeks, he overtook Romney’s double-digit lead and captured the television-infused imaginations of Americans in an unbelievable underdog Iowa win.

Then, five days later, amidst wall-to-wall media recollections of his win there in 2000, John McCain wins New Hampshire. Ladies and gentlemen, the favorite of the liberal mainstream media was, once again, a viable candidate — the same guy that was written off by the same liberal media not even six months prior. Suddenly, awash in news coverage and a few mediocre debate performances, McCain was the guy to beat. Never mind that Romney took second place in Iowa, second place in New Hampshire, won Wyoming, won Nevada and was in the lead in terms of total delegates — the media wanted more John McCain, and he subsequently won in South Carolina.

Giuliani, meanwhile, was busting his tail in Florida the whole time and drumming up plenty of support, but had literally NO media coverage and was therefore doomed to fail.

Folks, McCain’s prosperity in this primary is 100 percent a product of the mainstream media. Well, maybe not 100 percent. Maybe sixty. The Boston Globe and the New York Times, the latter an admittedly liberal-skewn “news”paper which sets the agenda for the network news broadcasts, backed him because he is a moderate if not center-left candidate with some conservative leanings. For the mainstream media, for liberals everywhere, he’s the second-best thing to an Obama or Hillary administration. Maybe even better, considering that a wolf in sheep’s clothing can feasibly catch and kill himself a whole lot more sheep.

Until the media’s grip on the American people is broken, we are doomed to a process where substantive debate takes a back seat to compassionate embraces, general language–what the hell does “change” mean, anyway?–and the ability to turn the most critical time in this country since the Second World War into a soundbite contest.

We are obsessed with the media’s portrayal of our culture. For Christ’s sake, in a time where it is once again all about the economy, look at our primary two choices — on one hand, we have a guy who knows how the American and global economy works, a guy that has worked his entire life in business, a guy that knows how to turn around troubled organizations and has made an enormous fortune doing so; on the other hand, we have a guy who, heroism notwithstanding, can attribute
his entire financial record to marrying an heiress. McCain admitted–twice over the past two years!–that he doesn’t know squat about the economy. But he has Alan Greenspan’s book, so we’ll be fine.

My God, I know nothing about the economy. I’ve never taken a business, finance or economics class in my entire life, but I can pick up and read Economics for Dummies just like any other moron. It’s just like Huckabee’s joke about his foreign policy experience and the Holiday Inn Express, only McCain is deadly serious when he says that he doesn’t know jack squat.

How in the world does McCain win Florida? Sure, he’ll undertandably get the votes from retired military personnel and from Hispanic voters that know that borders mean nothing to the man. Still, how does he do it? The answer lies in the media, literally and figuratively.

I hate to say it, and I’m not trying to paint it as an indictment of all Americans, but most people out there don’t know their asshole from their elbow when it comes to politics. That’s why endorsements from fat, liberal, 80-year-old drunk senators matter. That’s why endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Chuck Norris and John Voight actually figure into today’s campaigns. Is it out of stupidity or apathy that we decide to forego our own morals, ideals and beliefs, instead adopting those that celebrities and office jackasses push upon us?

Either way, it doesn’t matter. Unless we figure out how to wake everyone up and break the hold that this populist, superficial nonsense has upon the American public, we’re going to head down a path from which there may be no turning back and to a fate from which we may never recover. You know, I keep coming back to it, but our country, our civilization, the idea that our forefathers had — it’s not infallible. The Roman Empire spanned from the British Isles to North Africa, from the tip of the Iberian Peninsula to the Middle East. Rome was, well … Rome, and it fell. So can we.

It’ll start with the blurring of the lines of our sovereignty. It’ll continue with the erosion of our basic and most fundamental rights at the hands of political correctness and the willingness to appease everyone. It’ll end with God knows what.

We need to wake up, people, before this happens right before our eyes. If John McCain is truly what conservatives and Republicans in America wants, so be it, I’ll shut my trap. But if John McCain gets that nomination because he is what the media wants and the Americans follow, we need to quickly put a stop to this dangerous course.
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