Davenport’s Delusional Divinations
From Charles Davenport, Jr., editor of The Greensboro Guardian on a recent N&R editorial:
Perhaps the writer is a freshman in college–an aspiring journalist to whom the editorial task was delegated. We will never know, because the N&R insists upon running unsigned editorials.
I thought it was fairly established that unsigned editorials were meant to have come from Allen Johnson, the editorial page editor.
You see, “while turning out the base is important,” the editors proclaim, “Romney also has to win over most independent voters.” This is not necessarily true. If the GOP’s base turns out in droves while liberals stay home—which appears likely—the impact of independents will be minimal.
It would be great if Davenport had provided a link to substantiate that claim.
We assume, by “independent voters,” the N&R means those highly-coveted, fence-straddling “undecided” voters. Many unaffiliated voters consider themselves “independent.” But unaffiliated is not synonymous with “moderate” or “centrist.” In fact, this writer is unaffiliated, but unapologetically conservative—or, in N&R parlance, “a right-wing radical.”
And one nut does not make a sundae.
Why choose a centrist running mate to complement a presidential candidate who appeals to…centrists? To appease the journalists and editorial boards who detest every candidate to the right of Nancy Pelosi?
Maybe Davenport hasn’t noticed the radically dwindling influence of media whores like the N&R. No, Romney won the GOP primary by being the most moderate. Ryan fires up the fiscal conservatives while managing to ignore the embarrassing Christofascists like Santorum.
[T]hose citizens who have not yet decided between the two camps would do the rest of us a favor by staying home on Election Day.
Thank God they won’t. Despite the GOP’s efforts for over a generation to disgust the electorate into not voting, lots of folk will vote their pocketbooks in the coming election. The real question is whether they blame Obama or are more afraid of the alternative. Romney only wins by posing as a moderate. Ryan, with his austerical plans, destroys any such illusion.
Davenport is obviously not happy with the moderates, whom the right wing cannot control. But by definition, neither can the left. While he accuses the N&R of considering everyone not on the left as “right wing radicals,” he in turn considers everyone not on the right of being leftists.
Davenport accuses the N&R of “a surprising ignorance of electoral politics,” but it is Davenport who proclaims the Democrats as “demoralized and dejected.” They may not enjoy success on cable and radio, but it is folly to assume those who orchestrated Obama’s election in 2008, or those who turned out to put him in the White House, are any less interested and motivated now. While some may be disappointed in Obama’s performance to date, many realize he did a pretty good job averting what could have been much worse circumstances.
As to Davenport’s repeated assertion that this will be a “base election,” wishing the moderates to go away does not make it so. Many independent and unaffiliated voters have become so in revulsion to GOP Tea Party politics. Not only will they vote, they are prepared to take back the GOP from the rabid lunatics who have tried to capture it. Again, the selection of Romney as the GOP candidate is proof of that.