Cantor and Romney
Now, such sentiments aren’t new; “Atlas Shrugged” was, after all, published in 1957. In the past, however, even Republican politicians who privately shared the elite’s contempt for the masses knew enough to keep it to themselves and managed to fake some appreciation for ordinary workers. At this point, however, the party’s contempt for the working class is apparently too complete, too pervasive to hide.
H L. Mencken Quoted (almost), the Media and the Election
H.L. Mencken, a wryly satirical journalist who died in the mid-50's, once wrote that "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." To paraphrase him and extending that viewpoint to the current political campaign, I contend that "No one ever lost an election underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
Spend a little time watching Fox News, where everything is tailored to reflect poorly on the President. The tragedy is that many Fox viewers actually believe what they see on that channel, and form the basis for the paraphrased quote shown above.
I suspect that if you tuned into Fox RIGHT NOW, AT THIS VERY MOMENT, chances are that you will find them in some manner attacking the President. They don't even devote much time to Mitt and Paul any more, preferring to spend their time bashing the President, and lately questioning the veracity of the polls as well which currently show him to be in the lead in most battleground states. When the news is bad, they attack the messenger.
In all fairness, there are some folks who say that the same kind of bias, but in the opposite direction, infests the rest of the media, particularly citing MSNBC and to a lesser extent, CNN. I watch those channels too, and I cannot deny that MSNBC has its own viewpoint. Contrary to Fox News, however, MSNBC better documents what it says with facts, a commodity in short supply at Fox, and features "real" Republicans such as Joe Scarborough, rather than the weak Democratic stooges Fox occasionally presents.
The bottom line is for all of us to try to view the news, the issues and what the candidates and their surrogates are saying with a critical and discerning eye. The two parties offer differing approaches to solving the nation's short term and long term economic problems, and that is what the election is about. Everything else, including foreign affairs, is secondary to that and only comes into play to fish for votes based on the paraphrased quote shown above.
But, if the Republicans win the Presidency, they probably will erect a statue of H. L. Mencken somewhere in Washington (with private donations from SuperPACs) with an inscription including his quote as shown above, perhaps not even paraphrased.