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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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9 Responses

  1. Avatar North says:

    No no you don’t get it Mark. It’s not that the economy was in the crapper or that Coakly has all the charisma of a rotten zucchini (a SMALL rotten zucchini); it’s that the voters of the entire country were channeling their will into their avatars in Massachusetts to send a message to Obama that we were just kidding when we chose you in a national election after you campaigned hard on reforming healthcare.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to North says:

      They weren’t sending a message to Obama in 2008, they were sending it to Dubya, McCain, and the GOP in general.

      In 2009, they sent one to Obama.

      If the Republicans get a majority in the House in 2010 because the voters send the Democrats a lesson and in the Senate by 2012 because of another message being sent and if the Republicans go on to act the way that Republicans acted the last time they had a majority, the Republicans will be sent yet another message.

      Politicians seriously need to stop thinking “mandate” every time the voters tar/feather their predecessor.Report

  2. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I agree with this. I wonder if it’s not partially the result of the news cycle hyping every happening as epochal. “In New Jersey, a liberal was elected dog catcher. Is this the result of a sudden shift in human consciousness? We’ll ask our panel of experts when we return.”Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    You know I stopped watching those shows at about the point in which I realized that they weren’t either going to have substantive discussions or go the other way and have a pundit rip off their shirt in anger like Hulk Hogan. Giving Bill Kristol and James Carville spears and having them fight to death for one vial of antidote to a poison they’d recently ingested would get me to come back to cable news.Report

  4. Avatar Kyle says:

    Personally, I don’t think elections and clear messages have any connection whatsoever.

    Some voters in Mass voted for Brown because they hated the Presidents, others because they thought he’d stop healthcare, others because they thought he was a nice guy, others because they thought he’d get a better healthcare system, others because his accent sounded authentic, others because he was attractive, and at least one guy because Brown drives a truck.

    There is no one, overarching message – or for that matter – a voter given “mandate.”Report

  5. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    What a minute! Didn’t someone take a poll following the Taxechewsetts election? Didn’t these brilliant pollsters ask the electorate why they voted for their candidate or why they didn’t vote for the other guy/girl?
    What’s the result of those polls?Report