And there it is.
That screeching sound of post-primary election analysis, telling you what a bunch of backward, Obama-hating, country hilljacks you all are.
It is on the television right now, and I am in the process of fielding phone calls from concerned outsiders who are fearful for our state’s reputation.
I told them not to worry. “It is all a lie,” I said. “Before you know it, one of those ‘Jersey Shore’ broads will be knocked up and you’ll forget all about the problems here.”
“Besides,” I told them, “we have Steve Beshear. It’s not like the embarrassment ever fades away.”
Amid all the non-stop blathering about Kentucky’s primary election results, little attention is being paid to how many people actually voted.
Let’s do the math.
Turnout was 12 percent statewide.
In your life, you have probably ridden on elevators with more people than that.
That 12 percent includes voters from both major political parties. Among Democrats in the 12 percent who actually voted, less than half of them checked “uncommitted” on the ballot in the state’s presidential primary.
As we all should know, many of Kentucky’s registered Democrats vote Republican. They just don’t change their registration status.
The choices were “Barack Obama” or “Uncommitted,” and a small number of people from a very tiny pool of voters chose the latter.
Countless articles from “real journalists” – including one here in Louisville – have appeared everywhere, proclaiming some dreadfully misleading headline like “4 in 10 Dems Desert Obama in KY,” “Why Kentucky Democrats snubbed President Obama in primary,” or “42% of Democrats Reject Obama.”
Those headlines and the stories beneath them – written by the fancy, big-time graduates of “schools of journalism” – are false, and it’s a pretty bad damn thing when a lowly, unprofessional, uneducated blogger such as me has to say so.
The story isn’t true, and is terribly disingenuous to suggest it to be so. That’s as nice as I can be about it.
Even some of my great liberal friends fell for the ruse, asking each other “what happened?” – clearly not recognizing the way the media is framing up the debate.
Big Media is hoping the race for president will be close, thereby enabling them to rake in sick amounts of cash from those Citizens United-spawned front groups. If it isn’t close, then, by God, they will try to make it close and not the bloodbath we all know is coming for Mitt Romney.
The Republican National Committee is in on the joke as well, having printed buttons that openly mock President Obama’s campaign. The RNC, after failing to field a decent candidate, is seeking to wreck the whole shebang by appealing to Democrats In Name Only.
Instead of falling for the proverbial “banana in the tailpipe” by repeating the aforementioned lies that were written by professional journalists with Bachelor’s Degrees hanging off the walls at the “crumbling empires” of print like the Courier Journal, we should be asking questions:
- How long has “Uncommitted” been an option on Kentucky’s ballot?
- Is this some sort of conspiracy to rob a presidential candidate of convention delegates and transfer voting power from the people and give it to a small group of quietly-placed partisan “double-agents” who may or may not have a secret agenda to upset the balance of power in a particular political party’s structure, thereby throwing victory to the non-winner just because the real winner’s skin color is different and we haven’t quite figured out how yet to come to grips with that notion in a nation of dummies and sickos?
- Since 1996, via KRS118.621. The law states an uncommitted vote “shall be entitled to the same proportionate representation as a candidate”.
In summary, we have some corrupt communication happening.
Don’t fall for it.