It is a tired analogy among progressives that anyone voting with the GOP not among the top 1% are like chickens electing Colonel Sanders. This is especially evident in Kentucky, where the “Kynect” health care exchange is a hit. Refer to it by its Other name (begins with “O” and ends with “care”) and Kentuckians cluck along blissfully. I suggest that the Dem candidates in 2014 are also accurately labeled chicken.
Maher summed it up best, emphasizing that Obama had given us “healthcare, not herpes”. Among other positives that could have been brought to our attention are lower gas prices, the stock market at a record high, a depression averted, two women on the supreme court, Bin Laden dead and unemployment dropping from over 10% to less than 6% (“if you’re a Fox News viewer trying to do the math, that’s less”). Instead they ran away from an opportunity to reinforce these realities, if not any chance of wining.
It was barely mentioned in the Georgia gubernatorial race that the incumbent had, out of spite and party loyalty, denied healthcare to his state by refusing the gift of Medicaid expansion. In the U.S. senate race, Michelle Nunn avoided discussing a minimum wage increase, strengthening the middle class, wall street reform or any popular aspects of the democratic platform. Instead her narrative was emphasizing bipartisanship and avoiding Obama like Ebola, denying his proven ability to energy the base. The very base she needed to turn out the vote needed for a win. Both candidates ignoring family legacies, as if no one would notice their last names.
Looking ahead to 2016, the networks are desperately attempting to set up another Clinton vs. Bush race. Here I’m confident the narrative won’t go their way. Need I remind that Hillary not only failed to get the nomination in 2008, but fell into a distant 3rd? Already Bernie Sanders and other dark horses are quietly emerging, ready to a least discuss real issues, like past elections bought and paid for by corporate wealth. Wouldn’t a Sanders/Warren ticket be nice.