The provisional ballots haven't been counted yet, and I'm already seeing crap like "5 Things That Prove That Republicans Aren't The Winners" and other feel-good nonsense designed to soothe people in the aftermath of the 2014 midterms. Whether it's sourcing crap from Examiner.com, doing math that Democrats are doing to feel better about themselves, or telling folks that it's going to be OK - the blogosphere on the left is in a spin cycle right now that the folks over at Fox News would be proud of.
The plain and simple fact of the matter is that things aren't going to be OK. Sure, we might get Hillary Clinton to run in 2016 (something I am not overly thrilled about) and that will get some people out to the polls. But in the long run, if something isn't done soon, we're in for a repeat of 2010 and 2014 ad nauseam - and all of the whining about the Koch Brothers or how the GOP is racist isn't going to change that.
Headlines about the latest "SHOCKING" statement from some idiot snake handler preacher who claims President Obama is the Anti-Christ or the most recent bout of verbal diarrhea from Nugent or some other conservative celebrity do nothing except put ad revenue in the pockets of the people that are making a living making stupid people famous. Yes, you heard that right, there's a lot of "independent liberal media" that does little more than make obscure right wing nut jobs famous and extend the 15 minutes of fame for grifters like the Quitta from Wasilla.
As I have pointed out over and over again, scandalous news about Republican celebrities who don't even hold political office gets 10 or 20 times the amount of response from the left than things that actually matter. As much as we point to the now canceled Honey Boo Boo show as proof of the dumbing down of The Learning Channel, too much of the liberal media has turned into the TMZ of politics - because it sells.
If we are going to turn the tide against voter apathy and the resulting Republican control of American politics, we are also going to have to turn the tide against tabloid political clickbait journalism as well. It doesn't help the cause, it only dumbs it down, and it has to stop. The problem is that many of the people who are profiting from this care more about the monthly ad revenue checks from Google than they do about stopping apathy and educating voters, and that's why we're doomed unless it changes.