How our political pooped-outitude works for Republicans

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There was a time not too long ago when I couldn't wait to get to Mr. Computer and type my little fingers off about the political events o' the day. Lately I've had to drag myself into my little downstairs office and convince myself that I was motivated by some story or other.

I asked myself over and over why that was. Part of the reason, at least recently, is my general malaise due to my dad's passing. And part of it is that, generally, interest (read: traffic) has ebbed, as Digby so ably pointed out... to my relief. I say relief only because Paddy and I were concerned about the quality of and attraction to TPC content; but as it turns out, it wasn't just us (again, read Digby's post). It is no relief at all that it's happening everywhere, though.

But beyond that, I'm still finding it tougher and tougher to get it up to write posts. I've analyzed it to death and finally had a quasi-epiphany. It's been clear that there has always been plenty to write about, and there's always an election right around the corner, or a conservative misfit to rant about, or a new controversy.

What makes it difficult, I'm discovering, is that I find myself dreading the next political "fight." I'm conflict weary. By now everyone with a pulse knows that ever since Barack Obama was elected, the GOP plan was to obstruct, defeat, and destroy him at every turn. It was on their nasty, destructive little agenda ever since inauguration night to plot and scheme and block the president, to prevent him from succeeding at anything, ever.

And that's exactly what they've done, not only nationally, but also in state legislatures. Everything is a battle. Every proposal ends in a struggle. Every plan triggers more head-butting. Every day brings another collision. And America is sick of it, including me. Political TV shows are being switched off. Car radio dials are being turned. And blog posts go unread.

The result? An uninformed, bored, exhausted electorate. And when voters are uninspired or turned off, they don't vote.

And when people fail to go to the polls, Republicans win.

They've so pooped us out with their constant clashes to the point where many of us have wanted to hibernate, and one result, inadvertent or intentional, could be voter apathy.

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And that was my quasi-epiphany.

Which is why I was inspired enough to get myself to Mr. Computer and keep writing. Somebody out there is reading blogs and watching news reports, which means somebody out there is more informed, which means more interest and more ballots cast.

I hope.

We must make sure that the Republican inauguration night plan, and by extension the state GOP schemes, don't take hold. Keep reading, keep watching, keep listening. 2014 will be here before you know it.

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  • TurboKitty

    Here's another epiphany for everyone ... the Mainstream Media is pushing for Hillary to run for the office of the Presidency ... don't trust Mainstream Media ... I'm hoping for Elizabeth Warren to run ... that would be something!

  • Richard Bradbury

    Thanks for writing. Thanks for sharing. Many are reading and learning. Your voice is making a difference. Keep the faith. We appreciate you.

  • Paul Shene

    Machiavelli saw this same situation in Florentine Italy 500 years ago. The enemy (the republicans) will fight with all vigor since they benefit with things as they are. Our base will be blase because they have not experienced the benefit of being victorious yet.

  • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

    You're still trying to process your Dad's death. That's a biggie.

    Regarding politics, it's quite obvious that because Republicans lost, they plan to bore us to death with this:
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gish_Gallop

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Many thanks. I needed that.

  • RingoDeathStarr

    Been fighting the good fight since the 60's. Seems like the same battles over and over and over again, only with an ever-changing cast of characters. You hang in there, neighbor. Love the blog.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Thank you so much. That's what keeps me going.

  • a4alice

    Keep up the good work. Dad passing is huge. (Both my parents gone so know what it is like) But you are doing something and it does help. You are making a contribution. People read what you write, and then they disseminate it. Just like I'm going to do right now. So thanks!

  • Victoria

    Agreed on both counts - conflict fatigue and the need to keep fighting. It's more important now than ever. They are counting on voter fatigue to allow them back into power. We can't let that happen. The country's future depends on it. I'll soldier on if you will. :)