Relying on short attention spans

I’ve always been curious about how elected officials get elected and re-elected. There are some obvious clues such as name recognition, gerrymandered districts and the ability to raise money. But I think the overriding cause for election and re-election is the ability of especially incumbents to rely on the voters’ short attention span. Their absolute inability to remember anything longer than a week before. This may in part be due to the 24-hour news cycle that creates a new “crisis” every week or so.

This is like Geraldo suckering people into watching Capone’s secret vault being opened every week.

How else can you explain, say, a sheriff running for re-election on a “reducing crime” issue while stating that crime has increased during his tenure? This is one, among many, issues that Joe Biden is facing when he says he wants to “change the way business is done in Washington” since he’s been there for 40 years. Didn’t he notice anything was amiss in all that time? I did. I’ve also noticed that the Democrats are no longer raving about the efficacy of Obamacare. They’ve pivoted from fining Americans for not purchasing health care to giving it away for free to illegal aliens.

The media likes to point out that President Trump’s approval ratings never get much higher than 40-some percent. What they don’t mention is that is three times higher than Congress’ approval ratings, which are somewhat higher, but not much, than Stalin, poisonous snakes and leisure suits. Of course, these all rank higher than trust in the media ratings.

So, after a constant media barrage for two and a half years about how the Mueller report was going to bring down President Trump, the media and the Democrats hope that the public will forget that the report instead exonerated Trump and led in the direction of misdeeds by the FBI and Hilary Clinton. Trump was roundly accused of not taking Russian meddling in the 2016 election seriously. Now, of course, he’s being accused of taking it too seriously.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has for years not taken the impeachment talk seriously. Most of the blather was coming from the more deranged members of the Democratic Party, such as Maxine Waters and “the squad,” which consists of Ihan Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.). Previously, Speaker Pelosi would listen to their foolishness and anti-Semitism with patience and then not do anything. This was much like a parent putting a child’s scribblings on the refrigerator door and praising them, but knowing that they were just that — children’s scribbles. Now, however, she’s decided to cave-in, sort of, to the far-left wing of her party.

She’s decided to hold an inquiry into whether to hold hearings on impeachment. This way, the House doesn’t have to vote on it. You know, in case some Democrats may be in districts where it may not be popular. To kick off the hearings, House Chairman Adam Schiff mischaracterized (lied) about what was said in a private telephone conversation between President Trump and the Ukrainian President. Later, he said this was a “parody.” Oh. He should have told Nancy, who used it as a justification for impeachment in an interview. Actually, saying “parody” and “Congress” in the same sentence is redundant.

Even though the Speaker is having a difficult time explaining why she’s doing this, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, doesn’t. He said, “To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice. I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach the president, he will get re-elected.”

You heard it first here. Not that you’ll remember.

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