After the flurry of activity leading up to the mid-term elections, it is a bit disconcerting to no longer have the huge pre-election “to do” list charting a clear course of action. One thing I won’t be doing, wrote conservative blogger Bob Owens (www.confederateyankee.mu.nu) the day after the election, is “blaming Diebold.” I don’t hear those liberals who complained so much about the evil Bush-manipulated machines prior to the election questioning the integrity of the vote now that so many of those machines recorded Democrat wins, so I guess Democrats are having to change their “to do” lists as well.
Other items on Owens’ list of things he would not be doing were “staying in bed with massive depression,” “creating a new election-based psychological malady,” and “checking out immigration laws to other countries.” If I take those Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin-inspired options off the table, then what should I, as a conservative and a Republican, be doing?
One thing Republicans should do is follow Dean Barnett’s recommendation to "comport ourselves with dignity and class right now. No shrieks of foul play, no whining. There's no crying in politics, at least not in public. Let's remember what we want to do more than anything else - better our country. Sore loser antics won't help, and neither will slagging on our countrymen for not seeing things the way we did. We didn't make the sale, and that falls on us."
I couldn’t agree more. There are some real gripes conservatives can make about the media who downplayed any good news, when they covered it at all, and who spun every possible negative story as the direct result of evil and inept Republicans. We have been griping about that for years though, and the mainstream media really hasn’t seemed to get any better. In many ways, it has gotten worse (Broken Government anyone?). I am still all for exposing media bias, and it is valuable for media watchdogs like the Media Research Center to document it. This is just not the time to be publicly whining about the media (as I plead guilty to doing on many occasions) or attacking the media as the boogeyman who cost Republicans the election, even though there are good arguments to be made that they played a major role.
I still hold out hope that one day those in the old media will be so shamed when their bias is pointed out to them, that they will develop more balanced presentations. So far, though, rather than shame, the reaction has been more the “fake, but accurate” variety.