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Totenberg Is “Very Afraid” Of A GOP Win

From the local Washington, DC ABC affiliate’s (unwatched) program, ‘Inside Washington,’ via Eyeblast:

GORDON PETERSON: Nina, columnist Paul Krugman says if the election goes as expected, his advice is be afraid, be very afraid. Should we take his advice?

NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: I am already afraid, very afraid. I mean, it’s not like governance has been going great. I think we’ll, I don’t know whether I should be afraid, but there will be gridlock.

PETERSON: Evan, Krugman also says that future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America. You are a historian. You agree with that?

EVAN THOMAS, NEWSWEEK: No, but they might look on it as kind of a joke. There is sort of a circus aspect to it that people, it’s become comic and a kind of a dark way. You know, Krugman is a professional doomsayer. So, you have to take that with a grain of salt. But obviously the political system’s a mess.

It’s laughable enough that they waste time musing on Mr. Krugman’s inane fear mongering. But they happily join him in his mongering.

Do note that Juan Williams was fired by NPR for saying he felt a little nervous when a Muslim got on his flight. But there will be no repercussions for Ms. Totenberg expressing her fears about Americans going into the voting booths.

By the way, Ms. Totenberg went to say further along in the program (available in full here) that she couldn’t imagine why any serious person would run for office these days, with people like the Tea Party candidates around:

TOTENBERG: Why would you even want to do it anymore? I used to think these crazy races were the aberration, and really great people should do this. But I’m not sure why anybody would want to anymore.

THOMAS: I wish I could say, ‘oh, come on.’ But I’m starting to agree. I see this, really good people just don’t want to do it

It is quite entertaining to see the media work itself into a lather over ‘real people’ running for political office. Instead, of "really great people," who are just like them.

And now they are really worried that the voters are going to steal this election from the Democrats. That could be a historic "catastrophe" – or even worse – "a kind of joke."

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Totenberg Is “Very Afraid” Of A GOP Win”

  1. mr_bill says:

    I didn’t hear any complaints from the left when a [not funny] “comedian” ran for Congress. It wasn’t “a kind of joke” to them when a Comedy Central presenter was asked to testify in Congress, in character, and attempted to place his colonoscopy images in the official record. But now that Americans are voting in favor of Congressmen who are more like the rest of us (i.e. pro-American, anti-communist, etc.) the folks at Inside Washington think politics has lost its seriousness?

  2. bill says:

    Liberals have tiny brains.

  3. jrmcdonald says:

    So, NPR is cool with being afraid of the GOP, but not muslims?

  4. Petronius says:

    Apropos of the Liberal Death Wish, “Totenberg” in German means death mountain or fortress of death.

    On the eve of this election, I wish to offer a prayer [with thoughts inspired by Nina Totenberg’s remarks about Senator Jesse Helms] :

    By the spirits of my ancestors and by the Lares and Penates of the house of Petronius, I curse every last Democrat and Liberal.

    Abi in malam rem.

    Gods of the Underworld, send them punishments for their crimes. May they have the taste of burning bile in their mouths until the end of their days, with no gastroenterologist available to treat them. May their women grow even more ugly and smelly, with no plastic surgeon willing to touch them. May the genitals of their men wither and shrivel, with no physician ready to heal them. May their houses freeze from want of coal, oil, and gas. May their neighborhoods be overrun by gypsies and Muslim jihadis. May they be forced to read their own laws by the dim light of an energy-efficient mercury bulb. May the message, “I must not confiscate private property,” be branded upon their foreheads and buttocks with a red hot iron, and may the words, “Thou shalt not steal,” be tattooed across their greasy palms. May their stolen fortunes be seized to reduce the public debt. May the tombs of their ancestors be swallowed by the rising seas. May Pluto’s hellhounds gnaw upon the splintered bones of their children. And may all the worms of Hades feed upon their rotting livers.

    Let me see them suffer so deeply, and I will rejoice and sacrifice to the gods. For this I, Gaius Petronius Arbiter, pledge a white bull to Jupiter Optimus Maximus, if you will make it so.

    Ceterum censeo hostem esse delendum.

  5. proreason says:

    They really do live in a fantasy world.

    Isn’t that the clearest sign of insanity?

  6. Chase says:

    “…really good people just” become journolists…..

  7. drowningpuppies says:

    Where’s Krauthammer? Something else to be very, very afraid of?

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Afraid of sanity?
    Pish Posh!!

  9. DANEgerus says:

    All “a kind of joke” while Jon Stewart stages his faux-political rally featuring jihadist Cat Stevens days after al-Qaeda bombs are found in cargo holds of passenger liners?

    Isn’t irony ironic?

  10. 4USA says:

    They’ve always talked like this about us. We always ignored them. That is, until they pushed too far. They over-reached…like all socialists do.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    The audacity of fear:2010

    The media used the John McCain template: he’s old, he’s George Bush, their rallies are full of hate and anger.

    Now the media template is: Fear, anger, hatred, racism, back to George Bush, racial fear. You don’t have to campaign against the other party, your campaign is to address all the media smear. It is no longer Republican vs. Democrat, it’s Republican vs. 24/7 media, the Democrat has to do virtually nothing.

    I can’t decide who is more corrupt: Congress or the media.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The lamestream media never accounted for the internet. The internet has become my sole source for news. Sites like S&L and many others keep me informed to the degree which I find necessary to survive in today’s world. I stopped watching the alphabet media about the time Dan Blather was on the tube with coverage of the opening of hostilities in Iraq in the early 90’s. And even then, I kept it at arm’s length.

      And the alphabet media is losing ground…..significantly. All their incomes have been halved, at least. Like all paradigm shifts, this one is happening without the vast majority realizing how significant it is until described in the history books. Like, how the automobile industry pretty much did the train in. The personal computer, wireless internet access and a few other things have made it so much easier to spread the word and the reader can make their own decisions again, instead of sitting in front of the tube and being told what to think. The socialists haven’t quite grasped it yet because when you hear a thing, it has an emotional effect but when you read a thing, the emotion is largely lost and the reader has the opportunity to re-read that which they just read. And given that, most of the socialist message loses energy and just hangs there on the screen.

      The newspapers still haven’t figured this out.

      One of the greatest inventions of the human mind is the written word and being able to pass ideas on to others with it. It is what has allowed us to transcend history and learn from our mistakes and improve. This is why the Nazis wanted to burn books. And this is why the socialists want control of the media. They already control the newspapers and magazines. To control the message is to control the people. But they again fail to realize that even in Roman times, the word of God got spread…they could not stop it. And so it is with the good message as well as the informative. Word gets out. No matter how much people try to taint it, stop it, halt it, control it—the truth and the facts come out.

      And this is why the alphabet media is failing—and failing badly. When all they have to sell is garbage and telling the people of this nation that the people on the conservative side are all “haters and bigots”, then they’ve insulted those who would possibly otherwise buy their product. Who wants to buy anything from those who would look down their nose at us? It’s fundamental. But they cannot resist letting their socialist leanings and desires show.

      It’s no wonder they are having little, if any effect on voter turnout. In fact, I would speculate that voter turnout today would be, in part, because of the hateful rhetoric laid out on the American people by the media. “Call me a hateful bigot? Well, we’ll see how you feel when your socialist ass-clown is voted out and you are relegated to irrelevance.”

      Go ahead, talking heads, babble away.

      “Got the bubble-headed bleach blond, comes on at five.
      She can tell ya ’bout the plane crash, with a gleam in her eye.
      It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry.

      We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
      When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
      We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry “.


      Don Henley 1982

  12. P. Aaron says:

    Totenberg could join that cheap contraception poster w/Mikulski.

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