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Nov 19, 2012

Welcome to Schadenfreude Files Volume II

Watching the conservative commentators in the US as they struggle to explain Barack Obama's win is a gleeful time for Guy Rundle, who writes on the rise of the Left.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

“President Obama did not lose, he won … Mitt Romney’s assumed base did not fully emerge … The last rallies of his campaign neither signaled nor reflected a Republican resurgence … While GOP voters … with lawn signs … Democrats … organising, data mining and turning out the vote … Obama was perhaps not joyless but dogged, determined …

“Apart from that everything I wrote in my blog post of November 5 [‘I think Mitt Romney will win, I think he is sneaking in … like a thief in the night with good tools’] still stands.”  — Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, post-election

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21 thoughts on “Welcome to Schadenfreude Files Volume II

  1. paddy

    So many good lines, with the insights to back them up.
    You’re right on song today Guy.

  2. klewso

    “Modern journalism” – where opinion has shanked objectivity?

  3. mikeb

    Linking George Pell with a woman in Ireland is a pretty long bow but overall another great GR insight.

  4. michael r james

    Yes, I guess the statute of limitations on dissecting elections past (or at least audience attention span) is rapidly expiring. Pity, because there are just so many deserving loudmouth losers out there. One who has so far evaded (as far as I can tell) the embarrassment he so richly deserves is Niall Ferguson. In his piece on his blog of 12 Nov. he tried to have it both ways:

    [To break the losing habit, Republicans must resist the temptation to make excuses. We should dismiss the following thoughts from our minds: it was Hurricane Sandy’s fault; it was Chris Christie’s fault; the mainstream media gave Obama a pass on Benghazi; a Mormon can never be president; a private-equity guy can never be president; the Tea Party went too far; the Dems’ ground game was better in Ohio.]

    Then, his final point in a list of his diagnosis of why Romney lost, he gave an almost identical whinge as Romney (in fact I guess this pre-dated Mitt, perhaps even inspired Mitt?)

    [Finally, and most important, the Democrats have figured out what European Social Democrats long ago understood: the more entitlements you create, the more voters you can depend on. Let me put it very simply: given the choice between higher taxes on the 1 percent and cuts in entitlement for the 47 percent, voters went for the former. Surprise!]

  5. David Hand

    It’s great how yet another Abbott misstep is portrayed in the unrelenting character assassination of Tony Abbott. According to the SMH last Wednesday Abbott actually said, “It would be terrific to have an authentic indigenous representative of central Australia in Canberra”. What he clearly meant is to get someone like his preferred candidate Alison Anderson, who lives in central Australia, into federal parliament, which incidently, would make the coalition’s aboriginal representation 2-0 compared to the ALP.

    Somehow in Crikey we now have the much more loaded and racist slur that Abbott is seeking an “authentic aborigine” which nicely continues the character assassination campaign of the ALP. Keep up the good work, Guy. At this rate you’ll help get Australia another three years of the ALP.

  6. David Hand

    It’s great how yet another Abbott misstep is portrayed in the unrelenting character assass ination of Tony Abbott. According to the SMH last Wednesday Abbott actuall y said, “It would be terrific to have an authentic indigenous representative of central Austral ia in Canberra”. What he clearl y meant is to get someone like his preferred candidate Al ison Anderson, who lives in central Australia, into federal parl iament, which incidently, would make the coal ition’s aboriginal representation 2-0 compared to the ALP.

    Somehow in Crikey we now have the much more loaded and ra cist slur that Abbott is seeking an “authentic aborigine” which nicely continues the character assass ination campaign of the ALP. Keep up the good work, Guy. At this rate you’ll help get Austral ia another three years of the ALP.

  7. CML

    @ David Hand – That is what happens when people start to quote partial sentences. However, Abbott started all that with his use of: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead…” (J Gillard), without adding the remainder of the sentence, which is something like ….”but I believe there should be a price on carbon polution”.
    Abbott will just have to put up with what he started – pot, kettle, black anyone?

  8. Mike Smith

    @David Hand: Another 3 years of the ALP is much to be preferred to the alternative of Abbott.

    @Guy: Where’s part 1? Does it contain more delicious analogies, like “Gina pumicing her corns?” I’f I’d been drinking, you’d have owed me a new keyboard.

  9. colin skene

    David Hand, we can only hope that GR will help deliver us from the evil that an Abbott government would be. Of course, GR would have an enormous influence on that outcome, unlike Abbott apologists like Jones or Mitchell would have, wouldn’t he? What a glorious night of celebration it will be when the PM wins office again. And, it will happen!!

  10. AR

    Utterly unchastened by their many failures – to crush Clover’s election as Lord Mayor,to denigrate her MLA replacement or the Oakeshott supported candidate in the Port Macquarie council elections, Jones & Hately continue to sing from Mudorc’s songsheet re the AWU unstory.
    A shift in Oz demographics may change electoral arithmetic but compulsory voting obviates a sudden change.

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