Andy Rooney is Proud of America, and I am Sick of Him.

Like most good Americans, I am sick of Andy Rooney, and find myself continually wondering whose blood he sucked-out last night in order to buy one more minute of life on this Earth.  Of course, the obvious answer is that he lives off the ‘life force’ which he sucks from his viewers on a weekly basis. 

Normally, I would just avoid him all together, but my wife and I watch the Amazing Race every week (usually on tape due to my own professional football watching commitments).  Because 60 Minutes is preceded by a nationally televised football game, it almost always starts late, and as a result, I have scheduled series recordings for Amazing Race and Cold Case, so that I always get the entire Amazing Race program for the week.  Each week, I fast forward through the rest of 60 Minutes, looking for the beginning of the Amazing Race. 

Usually, the only effect Andy Rooney has on me is to have to look at his face as I fast forward to the end of the program.  This week, however, as I saw him going by, I noticed the caption of Obama behind him, and was intrigued.  I stopped the DVR and looked at my wife, and said, “Surely, he is not praising America for electing Obama.”  I rewound to the beginning of the segment and I sat mouth agape and watching him spew some of the worst drivel that I’ve ever seen on television.  Usually, his rants are so inane that they are easily dismissed and forgotten, but in this one he actually told the viewers how proud he was to live in an America where the people, 80% of whom are white, could vote-in a black man to be their president.

This is mind-boggling.  The implications of his statements in this segment are far reaching.  Does that mean that if America, where 80% of the people are white, had not chosen to make Obama president that it would have been an indication of our inherent continued racism?  I honestly believe this old man would have scolded America if Obama had not been elected.

Any presidential race should be less about color and personality than it is about ideology.  Rooney does not have enough faith in the American people to think that they could vote for a candidate based on political ideas.  Honestly, I do not have that much faith in the American people (at least the 16% who decide elections) either, but not because I think American is full of closet racists.  Unfortunately, I believe those 16% who are not motivated to vote based on political ideology probably did vote for Obama, not because he was black or a liberal, but because he was telegenic and speaks well as opposed to McCain.  [The hard-core liberal will have to forgive me here.  I know that they voted for Obama out of ideology, and I respect the fact that they are at least voting for a candidate that supports their political point of view.  There are simply not enough hard-core liberals or hard-core conservatives in America to win the Presidency.]

My point here is that I simply resent the implication in Rooney’s statement that those who voted against Obama did so because he was a black man.  I wonder if Rooney would have felt the same way if it had been Condoleezza Rice who had been the black candidate running for the Republican ticket.  I doubt it, but I would have voted for her in a second.  And, just think, American could have doubly assuaged its guilt by electing her president.

Sarah needs to get ready

If you thought the Democrats and the media were rude to Palin before, get ready.  The Democrats and the media especially, have assumed that Obama would be the next president with a glee that they have not even attempted to mask.  However, the latest polls are showing that McCain has taken the lead. 

As far as I am concerned this is great, but get ready, confused and furious Demcorats and the media are just now having to come to grips with the reality that their chosen Messiah may not have a cake-walk into the White House.  This will truly be an unforeseen blow.  And because they don’t understand all of the issues causing the McCain surge.  Among them: the fact that the Democratic Party still does not represent what most American believe in, the fact that McCain is running a good campaign, taxes, the fact that Republican policies are more fiscally sound, drilling for oil,  nuclear energy, the positive news out of Iraq, Obama (he as his own host of issues), and Biden (A-hole).

As I said, the Democrats and the media will not understand all of these issues.  They will focus their anger on one person, Sarah Palin.  Don’t get me wrong, she was a genius pick, and is part of the reason for McCain’s surge, but the Democrats and the media do not understand the impact of the other issues listed above.  They are truly in love with Obama, and they will take out their frustration on McCain’s running mate.

It is going to get very brutal.  I fully expect a flood of new (mostly false) stories to come flooding off of the internet.  She will be made to look like everything from a tramp to Hitler (yes, they will make that comparison.  It’s the internet and it’s inevitable).  The good news is that if she can withstand barrage, and if nothing truly devastating comes out (nudie picks, for example, though I did have a friend who is an independent who said he would sell his vote for those), the Republicans might just win this election.  Focusing on her is a losing proposition for them, and Obama cannot compete with McCain in terms of experience and debate.  No, they will savage her.  They will look like asses for doing it, and the Republicans just might win.

 

On another note, I do not understand why the media has not come over to McCain since the Palin pick.  If McCain wins, Obama is finished, but McCain will probably not be able to run again in four more years.  This will set up the Palin vs Hillary showdown, and that would be the greatest ever spectacle in American politics.  What a field-day for the media.