kaffyr (kaffyr) wrote,

Dept of Political Thoughts

An Observation While Traveling

I've meant to put this up for a couple of days, and finally got around to it. 

One of the constant politically centrist* drumbeats I hear and read in places like CNN and the Washington Post, and yes, MSNBC, (and undoubtedly it shows up in the New York Times, but I'm not reading the NYT) and elsewhere - possibly even in the Chicago Tribune, although its drumbeat veers rightward most of the time - goes thusly:

"Interest in the Impeachment inquiry, either political interest, philosophical worry about it as a reflection of where our democracy stands, or even as meme fodder, extends only as far as the Beltway and no farther or further. People in The Heartland (take your pick of any area that isn't adjacent an ocean coast) care about other things more, and think this is all a waste of time and taxpayer money."

They then trot out people to say this in various truck stops and grocery stores across the nation, (but not on the coasts.) 

Most of the time, neither the pundits nor the people who are interviewed (one conservative person and one liberal person, as identified by interviewers enmeshed in the fallacy of having to "show both sides", regardless of actual context) are asked about, nor talk about, what People In The Heartland would rather get talked about. Well,, the economy may get mentioned, but pretty much in the same way it's been mentioned since prior to 2016. Immigration may get mentioned, although that tends to be said by people in MAGA hats.

Noted in passing: Fox News, (never centrist of course), dismisses impeachment news and Constitutional concerns as "not sexy," or, if you turn your television audio down enough that Jeanine Pirro's voice won't crack your stemware, the work of the Deep State. 

David Gergen, the GOP guru who led both Republicans and Democrats off the paths of compassion in his day, was the most recent declaimer of this, which pronouncement on CNN I heard while we were in Windsor.

When he said it, though, I thought back to the Country Pride restaurant where Bob and I had eaten lunch, in rural Michigan across the border from rural Indiana. It was in a truck stop, the kind with showers and laundry rooms for truckers, camo-decorated coffee mugs and fishing equipment, so it's a safe bet it was no hotbed of progressive activism. (It was, however, decorated from stem to stern in Christmas decor, which was both sweet and frightening). 

It had one television up in the corner. Just one. You'd think whoever turned it on would turn it to something entertaining, something potentially sexy, right?

It was turned to the impeachment hearings. C-Span, if I didn't miss my guess. 

I don't know whether the people in the restaurant believed Adam Schiff or Devin Nunes, whether they thought those who testified were liars or not. 

But they were interested enough in the proceedings to have it running on television.

* Centrist in the U.S. sense. Here's a translation for those of you outside the U.S.; "center right to probably-more-to-the-right-than-that." This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/752999.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.
Tags: democracy, democrazy, meanderings, politics
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