Now we learn that TEA Party favorite, GOP South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has announced his resignation from the Senate in order to take the lead position of the Right Wing Heritage Foundation. His annual salary is rumored to be around $1 Million (current tax records indicate his predecessor received $1.025 Million annually). With the elections over, has there been a coordinated effort to change leadership within the GOP? But it might not be as it appears. Why? Because Jim DeMint may have become minimized in the Senate after the election, he may actually be more powerful leading the Heritage Foundation and their related Super PACs to support the candidacy of hard right wing GOP candidates to Congress. More importantly, perhaps he will lead efforts to challenge current GOP Congressional leadership within Congress or during future elections? DeMint is no fool. Why else would he walk away from his Senate seat (the money helps)?!
As a follow-up to my posting about a friend declaring Obama is a "bum" for not leading, my friend forwarded an Op-Ed by Dan Henninger published in The Wall Street Journal entitled "Obama's Ruinous Course." Please feel free to look it up and then think real hard if this article is an objective and informative Op-Ed or instead, is one filled with partisan angst. The comment from my friend before giving me the link? "Obama is the problem. Balance, the art of compromise, so essential/foundational to modern Judea Christian culture, western civilization, our nation, its politics, our system of governance he cares and knows nothing about."
My response? "Your intensity is noted. The article has holes in it. You are entitled to your opinion. I respectfully disagree."
Can you guess where my friend gets his information? Obviously, despite his denials, he watches Fox and reads the WSJ! He even was satisfied that the Henninger Op-Ed supports his anti-Obama rhetoric! But take a gander on the Internet to check out some of other Op-Ed articles written by Mr. Henninger for the WSJ. You will find articles with titles such as "Unsinkable Mitt Romney", "Racialization of American Politics", "Santorum and Freedom", "Obama's Likability Gap", "Why The Left Lost It", and "Bain Capital Saved America." Now tell me, seriously, would anyone base their entire opinion about anyone based upon the narratives created by Fox News and Wall Street Journal Op-Ed contributors with track records like these. Even intelligent people can get caught up in political narratives. But my friend's personal comments are over the top. Perhaps he has been listening to John Sununu too?
For more on Selective Perception, Selective Reinforcement and Media, check out "How Our Government Really Works, Despite What They Say."