The Ministry of Truth wanted Barack Obama to win the election so bad, they could almost taste it.
For election night festivities, I selected the CNN indoctrination channel. I couldn’t bring myself to watch on MSNBC or Fox. I have my health to think of.
The main anchor was Wolf Blitzer, who had a Sidekick whose name I never caught. The Sidekick was a blonde guy with a blue tie and the most disturbing preoccupation with race I’ve ever witnessed.
I tuned in at 8, and Wolf Blitzer looked like a little boy at Christmas when he announced New England went blue. It wasn’t just the election, it was specifically Obama. When he had to call states for Romney, you can see he’s dying a little on the inside. All night, he couldn’t discount Romney fast enough. If you flipped over to Fox, you could watch the whole thing play out through the looking glass with Hannity and Obama. But Romney was lucky: the other four presidential candidates didn’t get one mention between them. Makes you wonder what else is hidden and distorted.
8:10pm. “Florida’s red at the moment,” the Sidekick said. “Now, Governor Romney will have to have huge margins if he was going to win. Ten percent of Broward County is going Mitt Romney’s way now… but it won’t stay that way, Broward County is a heavily democratic area.” He reassured Wolf: “The president can afford to lose some. Romney can’t.”
8:15pm. Early Virginia returns are Obama 40%, Romney 59%. Wolf said grudgingly, “Romney has a slight lead…” At 8:21, he sighed, “Mitt Romney will carry the state of Georgia.”
8:25pm. ”The President of the United States has a significant lead in Ohio!” Wolf Blitzer crowed, pointing at the Ohio map. “And Governor Romney needs those 18 electoral votes.” Wolf didn’t know what hit him when he saw Romney leading 54% to Obama’s 43% in New Jersey. “It’s an early tally,” he swallowed hard. “It’s very, very early.”
One thing I noticed early on was the way Wolf and Sidekick referred to the candidates. Barack Obama was “the president” or “the president of the United States”. Mitt Romney was usually “Romney” or on rare occasion “Governor Romney”. I think the constant repetition of this (and I imagine it was typical throughout the election) was a subtle way to influence the thinking of their viewers.
8:44pm. “The president still holds a commanding lead in Ohio!” Wolf said, but he and Sidekick could not be kept very long from milling around the Florida map. The Sidekick talks about how “the president can rely on the Jewish vote”.
9:00pm. Wolf makes the call for Romney for the following states: Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, and Mississippi. The monotone disappeared three minutes later when he excitedly calls three states for Obama: “Michigan – look at this! – home of the US auto industry – will be going to the President of the United States. And New York! – the President picks up all 29 electoral votes. New Jersey – 14 electoral votes – we project all of them will go to the President of the United States!”
9:06pm. Candy Crowley is at Romney HQ. She says grimly, “Publicly, the Romney people continue to be “bullish” about their chances in the swing states.” She rubs me the wrong way.
9:07pm. Wolf announces: “The Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives.” He adds, “John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, will be very happy to hear we’re calling this for the Republicans.” I doubt Boehner watches CNN. He seems more like a Nick-at-Nite kind of guy.
Obama leads in OH with 27% of vote in. Sidekick says, “That’s very good news, uh, very good news for the president, I should say.”
9:16pm. Wolf tells viewers Romney and Obama are tied in Florida, with Romney having 300 votes more than Obama. Romney might win some “small counties, small population”. Sidekick, perhaps fearing the nation’s fragile mental state would be completely overcome if Romney did win small counties or a small population, quickly pointed out: “Only 24% of the Broward County vote is in. It’s blue, very blue, a reliably democratic vote. Very diverse. The president will get a boost! Advantage for the president!”
9.18pm. The Sidekick begins to talk about Pennsylvania. “Only 5% in but, but the president has the advantage because of African American turnout in Philadelphia. It’s among the deepest blue DNA…” We could examine the Sidekick’s belief that all Black People share a brain and act collectively as a single unit, as do The Hispanics and The Whites. But isn’t it way more annoying he wants to pretend partisanship has DNA?
9:30pm. Wolf is inexplicably cheery as he gestures at a Florida map and says Romney is up 636 votes. He speculates happily that we could see “a repeat of 2000.” The media loves chaos as much as it loves voter fraud!
9:31pm. “Only one takeaway so far. One takeaway from what Barack Obama won in 2008. Mitt Romney needs to add more than that if he wants to win,” Sidekick says. Wolf cuts him off to talk with a CNN anchor in Nashua via Satellite who says, “The President has a lead of only 200 votes!” Wolf’s bright blue eyes dimmed momentarily. He squared his shoulders and assured us CNN has “people on the ground” covering the news (as opposed to people levitating?).
9:41pm. “It’s time for a major, major prediction. We project that the state of Pennsylvania, a state Romney visited today, is going to be won by the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” A moment later, one of the worst parts of the night occurred. Sherrod Brown, second-worst senator in Congress (eclipsed only by Harry Reid), was reelected.
9:45pm. In Wisconsin, it was 56/43 Romney. “Romney has a slight, slight advantage, but remember it’s very early, very early,” Blitzer said. If Romney was trailing Obama by 13 percentage points, something tells me it would have been presented differently.
Elizabeth Warren wins the Massachusetts Senate seat from the underwear model.
Sidekick mumbled about “the Latino vote” and repeats that the uncounted Florida votes are in democratic counties “with large African American and Hispanic populations.” You see what I mean about this guy?
10pm. Wolf said Iowa, Nevada, and Utah projections are coming soon. Sidekick eagerly added “the Hispanic vote” will put Obama over the top.
Wolf calls Utah for Romney, but he and Sidekick didn’t even give the Beehive State a moment’s thought. They scurried right back to Florida. The Sidekick said, “You’ve got some Whites along the panhandle where Romney might pick up a few votes, but the Latinos in Broward County will vote for the President.”
Wolf said, every vote is crucial in a tight contest. Do you think he got his own show based on his outstanding deductive logic, or his unbiased reporting? Sidekick circled Ohio and Florida on the map. “The President is ahead in both states! And the African American vote centers in Virginia could impact that race, as well.”
10:12pm. Sidekick said Colorado looks good for Obama, citing Denver’s Latino population. Wolf turns the conversation to Iowa, and Sidekick said he talked to “evangelical Christians who claim they will not let Iowa elect Obama.”
10:23pm. Wolf intimates Obama will win Colorado ‘even without the Whites’ votes’. He points out the president is far ahead in Iowa, and calls New Mexico for him as well.
10:33pm. Sidekick recycled his line about “deepest blue DNA” in Wisconsin, this time. He added that in Virginia, the votes of “rural Whites are in but the President is going to win big in Norfolk because of the African American vote.”
11pm: Wolf called Minnesota, California, Hawaii, and Washington for Obama. Romney got Idaho, AZ, and Montana. Sidekick grimaced. “If I had to bet, it looks like Mitt Romney will win in North Carolina.”
11:03pm. Obama won Wisconsin; Romney won North Carolina. Tim Kaine won the VA Senate seat, so Harry Reid continues as the Senate majority leader. We would be better off having another Hurricane roll through. At ten after, Obama won Iowa, New Mexico, and Oregon.
11:18pm. CNN projected Obama will be reelected.
As for the outcome, I’m very disappointed Obama won. It was obviously going to be him or Romney, and in my opinion, neither is qualified to lead our great country. The biggest concern (applied equally to Romney and Obama) is the further erosion of Constitutional rights. Obama-specific concerns are that he’ll stack the Supreme Court with leftist justices, ram more legislation like Obamacare through Congress, continue to bury the US in trillion-dollar debt to China while growing the federal government at the breakneck pace he’s set for the past four years. If Romney won, there would have been a different set of issues to worry about.
I acknowledge the system is bigger than me. What can I do but say a prayer for my country and hope for the best? Or maybe I’ll keep on caring tomorrow.
I just need to go to sleep tonight. I am one tired White.