Friday, November 7, 2008

Tuning out the Right Wing Noise Machine

One side effect of the Obama administration that I'm looking forward to is that I can finally stop paying any significant attention to the hard-core right wing's bloviating. Hannity, O'Reilly, Fox News in general, Limbaugh, Hewitt, etc. have their agenda, and unfortunately because for the last two decades there have been politicians wielding real power in Congress and the Presidency that supported that agenda, one had to keep up with it if you wanted to oppose it. They couldn't be ignored--"know your enemy" and all that.

Even with the Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006 there was still a Conservative president vetoing, and sufficient GOP Senate representation to threaten filibusters over anything that attempted to roll back the accomplished parts of the agenda. (This is why nothing got done in Congress for the last two years--classic gridlock.)

Now, though, with Obama soon to take office, the gridlock breaks. While the GOP can still filibuster, that's the only weapon they've got left, and they just ain't going to be able to wield it every time they don't like something.

The key point, then, is that there's no longer any political muscle left for pushing through the conservative agenda, nor to stop it from being rolled back as needed. And while Hannity/Limbaugh/Hewitt will continue blaring the tune, there's no longer anyone there to dance.

And what with the GOP and conservative right manning up their circular firing squads, ejecting those that fail the purity test from the movement left and right, the whole conservative movement is becoming irrelevant. This means I no longer have to pay any attention to them, because they're ineffectual. (Fox News is even starting to eat itself.)

Now here's the thing though, in my book anyway. I prefer a strong, "loyal opposition" to the party in charge. It keeps everybody sharp, and smart, and keeps things from getting too far out of hand.

"Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

The GOP needs to get their act back together, sooner rather than later, though I'm seeing no evidence that that's going to happen for awhile.

In the meantime, though, I can drop Fox News from my TV channel listings and remove the spit guards protecting my car radio, and watch and support the adults trying to get some real work done.


Ben said...

"nor to stop it from being rolled back as needed"

I sure hope this happens, but it seems that all too often our officials ignore the errors of the past and push forward their own agendas.

Marc said...

Fortunately I think that part of "push[ing] forward their own agendas" by the Obama administration involves rolling back errors and overreach of the previous one. Good signs that that is the case so far...