The GOP needs to take a page from Harry Reid’s Playbook and Ignore Democrat Media Demands

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The GOP needs to take a page from Harry Reid's Playbook and Ignore Democrat Media Demands

The Child: [Invad­ing the Doctor’s Mind] What is this ? What Trick is this. All these places? You call them Seas, Oceans, Plan­ets, Stars, Galax­ies. Am I God of all this? How can I be the God of all this?
6th Doc­tor: It’s the Uni­verse
The Child: Non­sense this Cas­tle is the Uni­verse there is no other and I am God of it all!

Big Fin­ish Doc­tor Who: The Holy Ter­ror 2000

One of my favorite Big fin­ish Doc­tor Who episodes is titled The Holy Ter­ror (my post on back when I had time to review Big Fin­ish Audios reg­u­larly is here) where the TARDIS lands in a closed uni­verse run by a rather odd theoc­racy where the ruler is God to be wor­shiped and every­one fol­lows the estab­lished order with­out question.

As I watch what is hap­pen­ing in Wash­ing­ton these days I can’t help but think I’m see­ing the same thing.

For years upon end the left elites, both elected and media ruled the roost in sup­port of their deep state. The media while feign­ing to be apart from the elites acted as the sup­port struc­ture for the deep state in gen­eral and the Demo­c­rat left in particular.

One of the rules of these arrange­ment is that it didn’t mat­ter to what office you were elected to, by how big a mar­gin or even what the laws actu­ally said or what peo­ple actu­ally did. If the media/​left elite said some­thing wasn’t a scan­dal (Fast and furi­ous and the IRS) then it was some­thing unwor­thy to be ignored and if some­thing didn’t fit the nar­ra­tive it didn’t matter.

Two of the mas­ters of this sys­tem are (and were) Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. The fact that Nancy Pelosi as minor­ity leader in the house has very lit­tle power, if any to stop acts by the major­ity doesn’t mat­ter, the media treats her as if she had power and expected the GOP major­ity to bend to it.

The media acted in a sim­i­lar but oppo­site tack dur­ing Harry Reid’s time as Sen­ate Major­ity leader. It didn’t mat­ter if the House GOP house passed bill after bill Reid ignored them, never bring­ing them up and even ignor­ing the laws con­cern­ing bud­gets when it didn’t suit him. The protes­ta­tions of the GOP to this meant noth­ing, the real­ity was Reid knew what the rules are and the Media sup­ported him in his power, ignor­ing or attack­ing any attempt of the GOP to chal­lenge it, and then, when Reid was in the Minor­ity, tack­ing again to amply and sup­port the pow­ers of the minor­ity inher­ent in the Sen­ate that he wielded.

And because they worked in the bub­ble the GOP always went along, only occa­sion­ally stand­ing up when the cry of the peo­ple who elected them (despite all efforts of the media to divert or twist it) threat­ened their posi­tions by exer­cis­ing the power of the ballot.

But now the MSM is in a sit­u­a­tion that they haven’t seen dur­ing the time of their power. Not only are their ene­mies of the GOP in con­trol of all the levers of gov­ern­ment but the pres­i­dent is a per­son out­side of the deep state who is not depen­dent on the media for his power or reputation.

This has been a source of absolute panic for the left and media who have reacted by con­tin­u­ally pro­claim­ing cri­sis and scan­dal and insist­ing that the GOP major­ity bow to their demands, acknowl­edge said scan­dals and oper­ate and do their bid­ding, to wit:

and sto­ries like this:

Exhausted Repub­li­cans Are Get­ting Fed Up With The Chaos Com­ing From The White House

And if this was 30 years ago when there were lim­ited sources of both news and amuse­ment it might be under­stand­able if the GOP, despite hav­ing the power to do oth­er­wise, gave into these demands.

But all of this is hap­pen­ing at a time when media power is more diluted than ever with many news orga­ni­za­tions bleed­ing cash and employ­ees. It’s hap­pen­ing at a time when the aver­age amer­i­can has lit­er­ally hun­dreds of sources of news online and on air to choose from and fur­ther­more has tens of thou­sands of TV chan­nels and web sites for them to pay atten­tion to rather than lis­ten­ing to the jib­ber jab­ber of either press or media.

Or put sim­ply the GOP doesn’t have to rely on a media that hates them to advance them­selves, there is a world out­side of the bub­ble that doesn’t give a damn what the media says and it is that world that elected them.

The Democ­rats can scream all the like and the media can run one breath­less story after the other about the Trump admin­is­tra­tion and how the GOP MUST oppose him for the sake of the coun­try. If the repub­li­cans keep their nerve and look out­side of the media bub­ble and the astro­turf of the left will put before them, they will not only sur­vive but thrive.

To be sure the Media and the left will not like it, the will react much like the child in the Doc­tor Who story when his absolute power is ques­tioned screams:

No! It’s a lie, a dirty lie! You’re a dirty liar, the cas­tle is the universe!

But if the GOP can keep it’s nerve and just press for­ward the press and the left will end up eat­ing them­selves while the major­ity that con­tin­ues to live and work and func­tion will carry on with the knowl­edge that all the rants and raves the left can pro­duce can’t nei­ther make up for the power they don’t have or will restore said power back to them.

Of course if the GOP chooses to ignore this advice, then they will nei­ther retain the power they have nor will they deserve to and will be shocked to dis­cover him­self dis­carded by the left and media like in the true spirit of total­i­tar­ian dis­card use­ful idiots as soon as their use is done.

The Child: [Invading the Doctor’s Mind] What is this ?  What Trick is this. All these places? You call them Seas, Oceans, Planets, Stars, Galaxies.  Am I God of all this? How can I be the God of all this?
6th Doctor: It’s the Universe
The Child: Nonsense this Castle is the Universe there is no other and I am God of it all!

Big Finish Doctor Who: The Holy Terror 2000

One of my favorite Big finish Doctor Who episodes is titled The Holy Terror (my post on back when I had time to review Big Finish Audios regularly is here) where the TARDIS lands in a closed universe run by a rather odd theocracy where the ruler is God to be worshiped and everyone follows the established order without question.

As I watch what is happening in Washington these days I can’t help but think I’m seeing the same thing.

For years upon end the left elites, both elected and media ruled the roost in support of their deep state.  The media while feigning to be apart from the elites acted as the support structure for the deep state in general and the Democrat left in particular.

One of the rules of these arrangement is that it didn’t matter to what office you were elected to, by how big a margin or even what the laws actually said or what people actually did.  If the media/left elite said something wasn’t a scandal (Fast and furious and the IRS) then it was something unworthy to be ignored and if something didn’t fit the narrative it didn’t matter.

Two of the masters of this system are (and were) Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  The fact that Nancy Pelosi as minority leader in the house has very little power, if any to stop acts by the majority doesn’t matter, the media treats her as if she had power and expected the GOP majority to bend to it.

The media acted in a similar but opposite tack during Harry Reid’s time as Senate Majority leader.  It didn’t matter if  the House GOP house passed bill after bill Reid ignored them, never bringing them up and even ignoring the laws concerning budgets when it didn’t suit him.  The protestations of the GOP to this meant nothing, the reality was Reid knew what the rules are and the Media supported him in his power, ignoring or attacking any attempt of the GOP to challenge it, and then, when Reid was in the Minority, tacking again to amply and support the powers of the minority inherent in the Senate that he wielded.

And because they worked in the bubble the GOP always went along, only occasionally standing up when the cry of the people who elected them (despite all efforts of the media to divert or twist it) threatened their positions by exercising the power of the ballot.

But now the MSM is in a situation that they haven’t seen during the time of their power.  Not only are their enemies of the GOP in control of all the levers of government but the president is a person outside of the deep state who is not dependent on the media for his power or reputation.

This has been a source of absolute panic for the left and media who have reacted by continually proclaiming crisis and scandal and insisting that the GOP majority bow to their demands, acknowledge said scandals and operate and do their bidding, to wit:

and stories like this:

Exhausted Republicans Are Getting Fed Up With The Chaos Coming From The White House

And if this was 30 years ago when there were limited sources of both news and amusement it might be understandable if the GOP, despite having the power to do otherwise, gave into these demands.

But all of this is happening at a time when media power is more diluted than ever with many news organizations bleeding cash and employees. It’s happening at a time when the average american has literally hundreds of sources of news online and on air to choose from and furthermore has tens of thousands of TV channels and web sites for them to pay attention to rather than listening to the jibber jabber of either press or media.

Or put simply the GOP doesn’t have to rely on a media that hates them to advance themselves, there is a world outside of the bubble that doesn’t give a damn what the media says and it is that world that elected them.

The Democrats can scream all the like and the media can run one breathless story after the other about the Trump administration and how the GOP MUST oppose him for the sake of the country. If the republicans keep their nerve and look outside of the media bubble and the astroturf of the left will put before them, they will not only survive but thrive.

To be sure the Media and the left will not like it, the will react much like the child in the Doctor Who story when his absolute power is questioned screams:

No! It’s a lie, a dirty lie! You’re a dirty liar, the castle is the universe!

But if the GOP can keep it’s nerve and just press forward the press and the left will end up eating themselves while the majority that continues to live and work and function will carry on with the knowledge that all the rants and raves the left can produce can’t neither make up for the power they don’t have or will restore said power back to them.

Of course if the GOP chooses to ignore this advice, then they will neither retain the power they have nor will they deserve to and will be shocked to discover himself discarded by the left and media like in the true spirit of totalitarian discard useful idiots as soon as their use is done.