A funny thing happens every four years around this time. People get tired of following politics and things get a bit quiet. In the before times, the ad blitz on radio and television is what did it for most people. By the last weekend of the election it was almost all political ads depending upon where you lived. Today, with everyone immersed in mass media, it is just a general fatigue. That’s why the show this week is about everything but the coming election. It’s a bit of a housecleaning show.
Election fatigue may explain why more and more people are voting early. Once they vote they can ignore politics with a good conscience. The civic impulse is strong, even with the crazies on the Left, maybe more so with them, so getting this obligation over with allows for the mind to shut down and stop consuming politics. If someone mentions the election they can just say, “I already voted so it does not matter.” it seems like a good way to head off any proselytizing.
Of course, the Left tends to dominate early voting. There was a survey kicking around that showed that 81% of people who will vote for Biden voted early, while only 32% of Trump voters planned to vote early. This makes some sense. The Left is all about immanentizing the eschaton, so early voting allows them to enjoy the fantasy they are sure will come true on election day. Conservatives, in contrast, approach elections with a sense of dread and foreboding, like going to the gallows.
That is the one innovation Trump has brought to politics. His rallies are like rock concerts, where people go expecting to have a fun with other fans. Holding these in the final weeks of the campaign works as both entertainment relief and social proof to the people still unsure of their choice. The visuals are very good optics. You can be sure that the political consultants will cook up Potemkin versions of these. The difference is they will be completely fake, maybe held on a Hollywood sound stage.
Even so, the election madness is coming to an end. It looks like the story is following the 2016 script with the polls “suddenly getting tight.” Biden plans to spend the final days in places we were told were safe just a week ago. He will be mumbling to an empty room in Minnesota, a state that has not voted Republican in almost 50 years. It has nothing to do with their polling. That’s ridiculous. He is six million points ahead in the polls and a metaphysical lock to win on Tuesday.
This week I have the usual variety of items in the now standard format. Spreaker has the full show. I am up on Google Play now, so the Android commies can take me along when out disrespecting the country. I am on iTunes, which means the Apple Nazis can listen to me on their Hitler phones. The anarchists can catch me on iHeart Radio. I am now on Deezer, for our European haters and Stitcher for the weirdos. YouTube also has the full podcast. Of course, there is a download link below.
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This Week’s Show
- 00:00: Opening
- 02:00: What About Todd? (Link)
- 12:00: Blacks In The Forest (Link)
- 22:00: Bloodsuckers (Link)
- 32:00: Stupid Conservatives (Link)
- 42:00: Climate Anxiety (Link)
- 52:00: The Stoop (Link) (Link)
- 57:00: Closing
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