Midterm Election Debrief…sorta

The folks at CitizenTube which is the news and political blog of YouTube did a nice job of recapping ” the top 10 most-viewed videos, sourced from all videos categorized as “News & Politics on YouTube which are a mixed bag of official campaign videos, user-generated content and videos from interest groups.”
  The top ten list shows that the videos were Republican sponsored videos, including three from the great state of Arizona.  Two of them were from the nutty and oh so fun Jan Brewer who got re-elected Governor based on her awesome views on immigration.  I’m still hoping Arizona will secede.

The second part of the CitizenTube article shows the top ten most viewed political channels on YouTube.  Number one was (drum roll) Christine O’Donnell.

What Did I Learn From The Midterm Elections?

1.  Say it loud and say it often.  The winners were the ones who spent gzillions of dollars.  Ok, not all of them, right Meg?  But if you could have tv spots and robo calls every ten minutes you can drown out the oppostion.   Mostly though you just needed to show clips of your opponent taken out of context and beat their brains out with them.

2.  Be a Patriot.  A lot of money came from organizations that used words like Freedom and Democracy in their name.  They figured out ways to game the system so we couldn’t know who the individual contributors were.   It strikes me as a bit hypocritical to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates you love and yet not want anybody to know who you are.  I mean if you are so proud of these candidates and what they stand for why wouldn’t you want everybody to know?

3.  Be against something.  Over and over I saw campaigns that were all about how bad, ugly, stupid, unpatriotic and irresponsible the opponents were.  It was never clear exactly what they stood for, only what they were against.  Every opponent caused war, recession, floods, poverty, foreclosures, bad behavior, obesity, big government, small government, socialism, facism, global warming and the firing of all the losers on The Apprentice.  Whatever you do, don’t be for something…it will just come back to bite you in the ass in two years. 

So, we have a bunch of new people in Congress.   I have no idea what they stand for or what they plan on doing.  All I know is they are against stuff.   Welcome to the Congress of NO.  We can look forward to even less getting done in the next two years.   And then we can look forward to even more negative campaigning.   And so it goes.

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