Winning: a meditation on the midterms

Remember how it feels to lose?

We ought to keep that in mind when we win.

The only people who should be dancing in the end zone are the cheerleaders. And they’d best be full of Gatorade, ’cause this game is only at halftime.

Yes, yes, yes, it’s another Friday Afternoon Club(bing) from Radio Free Dogpatch. But you won’t need the performance-enhancing drugs to get through this one. You’ve probably stayed clean through longer political ads.

“Democrats eat babies.” This one features a heavily Photoshopped image of a smiling Nancy Pelosi with a platter full of tiny arms and legs, a hammer-and-sickle bib, and barbecue sauce smeared over her lips.

“Republicans boink babies.” Well, we won’t need the Photoshop for this one.* But still, you get the idea, right?

* Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Comity only goes so far around here.

• Technical notes: This episode was recorded with an Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone and a Zoom H5 Handy Recorder. I edited the audio using Apple’s GarageBand. The background music is “Tiny Town” from ZapSplat, and the “National Emblem March” was performed by the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band.

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13 Responses to “Winning: a meditation on the midterms”

  1. Herb from Michigan Says:

    For chrissakes somebody get this material on NPR! We used to have a guy on Michigan Radio who like POG, was a skilled journalist but also taught at a college. His commentary had a huge following. Only thing was he got taken down by the Me Too Movement leaving a big void in pithy and thought provoking segments we all looked forward to. I don’t know who the NPR affiliate is in Duke City but they surely can use some humor spiced with wisdom. A Man About Town dispatch each week would be well received I’m sure.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herb, I’m not ready for prime time, or even public radio. I’m just having fun learning new stuff.

      KUNM, the local NPR affiliate, is a little less polished than KRCC back in Bibleburg, but even so, they’d look at me with my hard-won minutes of experience behind the mic’ and laugh themselves into a wet spot in their chairs. Prob’ly electrocute the lot of ’em.

      But I’m glad you’re getting a bang out of it.

      • psobrien Says:

        Au contraire, mon ami! You have all the chops necessary for a weekly commentary on your local NPR station. And, I think in a little while the national gig would follow so Herb could hear you on the air. The only question is would you want a new part or full time gig at his point in your life?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Gracias, hombre. You gents are too easily amused. Well, Herself liked it too, so you’re in good company.

        I think part of what makes this whole podcasting enterprise interesting to me is that I don’t have to do it. But doing it helps scrape the sludge off the braincase.

        And in any case assigning myself a weekly deadline is good training (imprint those new skills so I can focus on content instead of construction) and good discipline (don’t just sit there, do something).

  2. Hurben Says:

    Nice one, Po’G.

  3. Stan Thomas Says:

    Yeah, but you, ie. the Democrats, didn’t really win. Progressed, for sure, but what’s the plan for 2020? On this showing a second Trump term looks quite possible.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Stan, I was thinking in terms of Tip O’Neill’s “All politics is local” maxim. Here in New Mexico the Elefinks took a mighty shellacking. The GOP veteran I mention had had the job for 13 years and was considered to have a mortal lock on the seat. Dude thought he could take a knee and win the game. But this Donk gave him her helmet square in the numbers. She’s repping our district, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

      Nationally, the Donks also did quite well. Didn’t get the Senate, but I never thought they would. And a House with the right speaker can cause a lot of mischief. See Kevin Drum for a rundown on the week’s scorecard.

      But yeah, a second Trump term is not out of the realm of possibility. I mean, shit, we went from Clinton to Bush to Obama to Trump. We Yanks are funny that way. Maybe not.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, despite the millions of illegals voting, and the corrupt secretaries of state and their rigged vote counting, Sinema is ahead by 20,000 votes. It would be interesting to see how the head liar would react if a election was won by 10 votes. Guess he would want the voter’s birth certificates.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Gotta be the Rooshians. Or the Chinese. Or Crooked Hillary. One a them there.

      When that massive stroke finally comes a-calling Il Douche is gonna go out like March, or maybe like John Belushi on “Weekend Update.”

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Sooner or later, some thing or someone will upset him enough that he will fly into a hissy fit. I can see him lying on the floor, on national TV, shaking and screaming with the veins in his face bulging out, well, like this.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Nicely done.

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