On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine.
What sort of country would go and elect someone like Trump as president? Certainly not one they were familiar with, or understood anything about. -Nicholas N. Eberstadt
“People are really nice at Fox,” Powers revealed. “It’s been good for because I – before that, I lived in a real liberal bubble.” “All my friends were liberals and I grew up in a really liberal family,” she continued. “I had a lot of ideas about conservatives and then I got to Fox and just, I was like, ‘Oh, they’re not all evil and stupid.’”
Election, Character, Crazy, Demagoguery, Academia, Trump
Professors at Columbia University want space to discuss their “distress” over Donald Trump’s election, saying they don’t know anyone who isn’t “chronically and deeply” upset by the result.
In a letter to Columbia President Lee Bollinger, professors Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, the co-chairs of the Columbia Faculty Affairs Committee, say Trump’s election has cast a “malaise that sits like a fog over Columbia” that not even George Orwell’s classic 1984 can adequately address.
“We know no one at Columbia who is not upset, chronically and deeply, since the election,” declare Pollack and Moss-Salentijn, who even go so far as to blame the result for recent student suicides.
Saturday Night Live
In The Bubble, life continues for progressive Americans as if the election never happened.
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Character, Funny, Oops
While aboard Air Force One at the end of the 2012 campaign, Jarrett turned to Obama and told him, “Mr. President, I don’t understand how you’re not getting eighty-five percent of the vote.”
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Funny, Narrative, Oops, Diversity, Bias, Ignorance
Back In April, we learned though a former White House advisor speaking to The New Republic, that “There’s only one paper the president reads, that’s The New York Times.” In a new book, MSNBC editor Richard Wolffe paints a portrait of a president obsessed with the opinion of the Times’ editorial page.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Character, Press
President Obama said during Wednesday’s remarks in Illinois that he hears from members of the media all the time that his economic plans are solid... But behind-the-scenes, Mr. Obama said these reporters tell a different story — one that’s much more complimentary in tone. “I know because they’ve said so,” Mr. Obama said, in The Hill. “But they worry they’ll face swift political retaliation for cooperating with me.”
... I felt that I was confronting the signature essence of my social life among leftists. We rushed to cast everyone in one of three roles: victim, victimizer, or champion of the oppressed. We lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. -Danusha V. Goska, Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist
Liberal, Hate, Incompetence, Character, Narrative, Oops, Smears, Education, Academia, Tolerance, Stereotyping, Ignorance, Bigotry
“The right wing evangelical community... these are the people who get happy on television every time there is a conflict in the Middle East,” he said. “They think that the book of revelation tells them that the messiah...the Christian messiah, Jesus is going to come...all we need is a war in the Middle East involving Israel and the Arabs.” -Richard Dekmejian, professor at the University of Southern California
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare, Regulation, Jobs
Karen Mills, President Obama's Small Business Administration chief, claimed this morning on MSNBC that she has not heard one case of Obamacare hurting small business: "You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I'm with small businesses. And I'm not hearing that," Mills said in response to a question about how she would explain employers cutting work hours for employees because of Obamacare regulations. "You've never heard that?" host Joe Scarborough responded. "You need to talk to your staff and tell them to get you out of the bubble, because we are hearing that all the time." Mills continue, "We are out there every single day--" And then Scarborough, still surprised, interrupted to ask again, "Have you never heard that before?"
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Editorial, Liberal, Obama, Brilliance, Oops
It turns out that Obama supporters hate his policies. The nonpartisan group We are Change took to the streets to interview Obama supporters regarding his policies. However, it listed four of Obama’s actual policies as has having been proposed by Romney. It turns out that these Obama supporters vehemently oppose his policies when they think they belong to the GOP candidate. The first example was Obama’s expansion of the Patriot Act (including “spying”). Responses ranged from: “He’s going to far with this,” to “I don’t believe the government should be able to invade our privacy like that.” Next, the interviewer asked about the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Obama. He explains that this act would grant Obama the power to arrest and detain American citizens without a court of law. Responses included “Unconstitutional and immoral,” “Crazy,” and “I think [Romney] is a psychopath.”
Liberal, Funny, Press
O'Brien also answered critics who complain about what they perceive to be a left-wing bias in her reporting. "I don't think I show bias in my TV show. I think I am aggressive with people about trying to find the facts behind what they say," O'Brien said.
Doesn't Have Any GOP Friends
Surveys show that Americans have negative views of Muslims when they don’t know any; I suspect many liberals disdain evangelicals in part because they don’t have any evangelical friends. -Nicholas Kristof, The Liberal Blind Spot
Democrat, Editorial, Liberal, Obama, Character
Washington is thick with stories about Obama’s insularity and distance. We hear how he does not listen to criticism — he sometimes just walks out of the room — and how he sticks to a tight circle of friends. -Richard Cohen
"I understand why the Republicans get 1 percent of the vote - the richest 1 percent. That other 49 percent, someone will have to explain to me."
Liberal, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Academia, Elitism, Religion, Stereotyping, Ignorance
If you want to understand how evangelicals conceive of their political life, you need to understand how they think about God... As I listened in church and participated in prayer groups, I saw that when people prayed, they imagined themselves in conversation with God... But the good news for secular liberals is that evangelicals are smarter and more varied than many liberals realize. I met doctors, scientists and professors at the churches where I studied.
Democrat, Liberal, Oops
Vice President Joe Biden said he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1972, his first term elected at age 29, because he opposed the Vietnam war, adding that his view of U.S. military commanders at the time was epitomized by actor Slim Pickens in the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” when Pickens rides an atomic bomb like a cowboy “yelling yippe ki-yay!”
Journalists In The Liberal Bubble...
In a curious process of self-delusion, they imagine a world that doesn't exist and then try to live in it. For example, they don't know what cops face in the ghetto because they have never been in the ghetto and don't know any cops.
They dismiss anyone who tells them that things are not as they think. Their confidence is invincible, for do not all their friends say the same things?
Liberal, Brilliance, Abortion, Socialism, Healthcare
"Two years ago, we made history together by finally passing health reform," said Mrs. Obama. "And because we passed this law, insurance companies will now have to cover basic preventive care--things like prenatal care, mammograms, contraception--at no extra cost."
Our encounter changed the day for me. While I tried to dive back into my liberal podcast, my mind kept being pulled back to the gas station. I couldn’t stop thinking about the man who called himself a "redneck" who came to our rescue.
I sized him up as a Trump voter, just as he likely drew inferences from my Prius and RESIST sticker. But for a moment, we were just two people and the exchange was kindness (his) and gratitude (mine).
As I drove home, I felt the full extent to which Trump has actually diminished my own desire to be kind. He is keeping me so outraged that I hold ill will toward others on a daily basis. Trump is not just ruining our nation, he is ruining me. By the end of the drive, I felt heartbroken.
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Education
Tammy Bruce: Yes, it was; it was shocking. For me it was quite life-changing in my sense of how I viewed the world and I was also, when it comes to my view of Christians, quite surprised by how happy they were. I mean, I remember being on the left; no one is happy, trust me. They (are the) biggest group of miserable people you would ever want to meet. Everything is wrong, everything is going bad, everyone is after you, everyone wants to get you, people are building camps.
My journalist pal said that he’s seeing on the left a moralistic refusal even to consider ideas, people, and data that contradict these leftists’ moral code.
Understand: it’s not that this new breed of progressives disagrees (though they do); it’s that they believe, and believe strongly, that even to confront information that contradicts what they prefer to believe is intolerable.
Said my friend: “No wonder these people are always shocked by the latest developments in politics. They refuse to see the world as it is.”
My best friend, with whom I typically hung out multiple times per week, was suddenly perpetually unavailable. Finally, on Christmas Eve, he sent me a long text, calling me a monster, asking where my heart and soul went, and saying that all our other friends are laughing at me.
I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in.
What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.
One group of people we didn’t know well, to be honest, was conventional Christians. I saw their narrative as limiting and judgmental.
But when I examined my feelings, they made no sense. My Jewish, Muslim and, for that matter, vegan friends could be just as dogmatic. This was a particular bias, the kind I claimed not to have.
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Ignorance
Which raises a question: How did so many commentators predicting this would be a slam dunk for the Obama administration get it so wrong? ... But there’s another explanation for the botched prediction: Simply put, legal observers of all stripes, and Obamacare’s proponents, including those in the administration, badly misjudged, and were too overconfident about, the tone, attitude and approach that the court’s conservative bloc, particularly Justice Scalia, would take towards the administration’s arguments.
Editorial, Liberal, Character, Narrative
Gail: David, I am so worried about how this is going to play out that I can’t even enjoy a good basketball metaphor. I can’t believe this might be overturned. How can this law not be constitutional? The other alternatives are forcing taxpayers to cover the cost of the care in emergency rooms for people who don’t want to pay for their insurance, even if they can, or letting human beings just die on the side of the road. I can’t believe fiscal conservatives think either of those options is a good idea. Really, I have my hands over my ears. Not listening. -Gail Collins
Editorial, Liberal, Narrative, Oops
Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker and CNN confidently asserted on Charlie Rose at the beginning of the week that the court would rule 7-2, maybe even 8-1 in favor of ObamaCare. The previous week, he called the anti-ObamaCare arguments “really weak.” His view was echoed by an equally confident op-ed assertion by the veteran court reporter Linda Greenhouse, who in The New York Times declared the case against ObamaCare “analytically so weak that it dissolves on close inspection.”
"I am just shocked someone would want to kill us, that they had AK-47s and bombs and they were going to kill everyone that wasn't Muslim. It's shocking."
Democratic voters are almost three times as likely to have "blocked, unfriended, or stopped following someone on social media" after Donald Trump's victory, according to a study released Monday...
Additionally, 28 percent of liberals surveyed said they removed someone from their social media circle because of the content that person posted, compared with 8 percent of conservatives. -Joe Concha
Editorial, Liberal, Character, Degeneracy, Funny, Education, Healthcare, Metaphor
"At the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic there were doctors who were treating diseases no living doctor had ever encountered before, diseases that had disappeared so long ago they had never even picked up Latin names, such as the mange, the grunge, the itch, the twitch, the thrush, the scroff, the rot." The itching and the manginess eventually began to vex the hippies, leading them to seek help from the local free clinics. Step by step, they had to rediscover for themselves the rudiments of modern hygiene. Wolfe refers to this as the "Great Relearning."
Environmentalist, Warming, Narrative, Oops
NPR failed to mention anywhere in its article that Antarctic sea ice has been growing since satellites first began measuring the ice 33 years ago and the sea ice has been above the 33-year average throughout 2012. Indeed, none of the mainstream media are covering this important story. A Google News search of the terms Antarctic, sea ice and record turns up not a single article on the Antarctic sea ice record.
Editorial, Liberal, Character, Funny, Narrative, Smears, Demagoguery
The more rightists who win G.O.P. primaries, the greater the Democrats' prospects next year. But the electoral math is less interesting than the pathology of this movement. Its antecedent can be found in the early 1960s, when radical-right hysteria carried some of the same traits we're seeing now: seething rage, fear of minorities, maniacal contempt for government, and a Freudian tendency to mimic the excesses of political foes.
In 1972, The New Yorker's movie critic, Pauline Kael, won herself a place in political lore by expressing astonishment at the Republicans' 49-state landslide victory. "How could that be?" she demanded. "I don't know a single person who voted for Nixon."
As I got to know my new Midwest home, I realize how living in a bubble and subscribing to the Middle America stereotypes is truly damaging to this country.