We have Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart; the Right has Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. This consoles me immensely.
And both of “our” guys had an election post-mortem satirizing the execrable math and logic used by Republicans to either predict victory before the election or explain why they lost.
In a nine-minute clip from Rachel Maddow’s show the other day, she discusses the “Creepy Rape and Abortion Caucus” of the Republican Party, beginning with an insane statement by The Susan B. Anthony List (a conservative anti-abortion group) that the Republicans lost because they weren’t sufficiently opposed to abortion. In reality, exit polls showed that 59% of voters this year think that abortion should be legal, and only 36% illegal. She then recounts the rise in anti-abortion legislation in the last few years (all promoted by Republicans, of course), and shows clips from nine of the CRAC members, all of whom lost their races.
Maddow concludes that the key factor in defeating these Republicans was that Democrats finally decided to hold their opponents to account for their ludicrous views, and to question them mercilessly, forcing Republicans to campaign against their will on issues of rape and abortion. One other factor, I think, is the effectiveness of satire on people like Todd Aiken and Richard Mourdock. When someone says that “legitimate” rapes can’t result in pregnancy, what’s the proper response: a sober disquisition on female reproduction, or jeering laughter?
(from Matt Bors)
Jon Stewart is always funny, but was especially good on Wednesday when he skewered Fox News for its election prognostications (it’s the second video at the link, and be sure to see Karl Rove eating his feet at 1:20), but watch the first video, as well. As The Raw Story notes:
On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart vivaciously [JAC: I think they mean “viciously”] mocked Fox News’ election coverage. In particular, Stewart noted “there was an avalanche on bullshit mountain” after President Barack Obama was declared the winner. Stewart was especially entertained by Republican strategist Karl Rove’s denial that Obama was going to win Ohio, remarking that “Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better” could be the new Fox motto.
I can’t resist pointing out that Stewart is a fellow alum of The College of William and Mary.