Rachel Maddow is the smartest woman on teevee. No, she is. And while she's an avowed liberal - dirty word, right? - and a lesbian, she still journalistically cleans just about everyone left standing's clock. Because no matter what you label or libel her she's just way smarter than most of us. And she's got a teevee show where she gets to flex.
I have a video that I want you to watch of the first segment of Rachel's show from the day after (11/7/12) the recent presidential election. It may be the best essay she's ever written. She begins with a repeating theme of "We're not going to (blank)," where she fills in an alarming number of alarming actual proposals made by the Clown-Car full of candidates that was the republican primary field this year.
Then she segues around 12:50 into a repeating theme of a litany of what "really" happened before rolling into a call for the republican party to wake up after a theme of things some republicans believe that are provably false.
But, before you click the video below, I want you to know that I think Rachel misses one key point in this particularly expert analysis. I'll point it out after you spend the next 15 minutes with the smartest woman on teevee. I think - and maybe some of my conservative friends would do me the service of telling me whether or not I'm right - this is cough syrup for the republican party.
At about 10:50 of this segment we get to watch a series of wildly inaccurate predictions about the upcoming elections and then we get the pure horror-show of Fox News' election night coverage. Here is the sticking point that I'm concerned with. Let me digress. I was a journalist for about ten years before I became a Pennsylvania State Trooper. Now that I'm retired, I'm going back to journalism and writing again... Thank you for visiting. But Rachel, in my view, reads something slightly wrong here. She posits that the GOP operatives on display here were "so sure" and "didn't see it coming," but I think she gets the reason wrong. Journalism and police work are quite alike in that we spend time looking at a lot of liars and people with certain agendas. It is our job to find the truth. To investigate. And sometimes you have to consider not what you see but why you see it. We don't have to question that we see Karl Rove - a villain in my book - doing a spit take. We don't have to question that Karl Rove, one of the - if not THE biggest fundraiser for Mitt Romney, is sitting there on the "fair and balanced" channel telling that network what to do with its coverage. I mean, if you are still watching Fox "News" after this blatant display, I charge that you are simply not an objective person. It isn't that we watch Rove and Fox humiliate themselves journalistically. They do that every day, almost never this spectacularly. What we need to think about is why we see it. Conveniently, The Mountain has an opinion about this. And some of the hunches I'm exploring here may not be exactly correct, but my years of reporting and police work tell me some things about this key segment of the clip. I am kind of trusting my well-trained eyes. I know a liar when I see one. Spent years arresting them and putting them in jail. Was trained in human behavior - called "kinesics" - when a person is lying. And I think I see through Karl Rove here. Karl IS incredulous. Because I think he's sitting there on national teevee engaged in stealing the election and it didn't, for whatever reason, happen. The fix was in. And it didn't work. And Karl is seen losing his mind. This is one of those moments when a fly of truth gets through the screen and gets on teevee, but you have to really think about what you're seeing. "We've had one instance when something was prematurely called," says Rove. Why, yes, we have. And it was in the 2000 election in Florida where the state was being called for Al Gore and... waitaminit - suddenly Fox "News" called the election for George W. Bush. And we all saw how THAT played out. The rogue known as "Bush's Brain" is still at work, wheedling and plotting behind the throne, a villainous Wormtongue playing at power. "I have the chair of the Romney campaign in Ohio on the other end of the line," Rove splutters. "And he's refreshing the page every few seconds." Yes. He goes to the 2000 election where - I believe - the presidency was stolen by his team. And then he goes to Ohio, where a monkey is refreshing the official page that is supposed to tell them they won... But it didn't. So, what I'm talking about is electronic vote tampering. Here is a YouTube video of a Pennsylvania voter trying to cast his vote for Obama on an electronic voting machine and it keeps registering his support for Romney instead.
I don't trust electronic voting machines. They can be tampered with relatively easily and they can - apparently - malfunction. How interesting that this particular machine only malfunctioned in the race for president. How can that be?
Well, in Ohio, for instance, partisan GOP secretaries of state like Ken Blackwell in 2004 FACED CHARGES of widespread computer voting fraud. Interestingly, a key republican IT guru, Michael Connell, who was deposed in the case, never got to testify since he died when his Piper Saratoga crashed in 2008 when he was flying home to Ohio from D.C. The case, without the key witness, was finally dismissed this year. I believe that the GOP got away with stealing an election for at least the second time in Ohio in 2004. And I think, as this former NSA analyst thinks, they've been doing it for a long time.
And I think that's the why I've been looking for. I think that's why we saw Karl Rove losing his marbles live on teevee on election night. Because the fix was in and SOMETHING went wrong.
And until there is a uniform voting process in our country that uses a verifiable paper trail on election day, I feel that electronic vote totals are untrustworthy. Perhaps we ought to remove partisan hacks like Katharine Harris and Ken Blackwell and Jon Husted from the process of running state elections. Yeah, that's the ticket! Take the cookie-thieves out of the democracy cookie jar. I tell ya, somebody oughtta put the grab on Karl Rove and inject him with some truth serum and see how that little pig squeals. Chubby is up to something.
So, I'll bring this all home with a little Jon Stewart. If you must watch teevee, the least you can do is sanitize yourself with Rachel Maddow (the smartest woman on teevee, remember) or you can shower off all the B.S. with Jon Stewart.
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