While the Nation gets used to the new reality of an overwhelming Obama victory, the defeated continue puling with each new imagined threat. One of the least realistic threats to the Right is the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.
The Fairness Doctrine was a flawed mechanism by which a broadcaster would have to air both sides of an issue. If you have a righty on for thirty minutes, you would have to give equal time to a lefty. Back in the days before cable this doctrine did far more for the right side than it did for the left. The 'Big Three' networks were owned by committed leftists back in the day and the right felt that their voices were not being heard.
But that was before cable networks and the twenty-four hour news services. Now nearly anyone with any point of view can and does find an audience. Far from being shut out of the news game, networks like Fox have flourished since 1994 when the Right believed that Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution would sweep away all in its path. Fox news became the officially un-official voice of the right and more recently the 'go-to' news service of the White House and the more radical elements of the Right. Rush Limbaugh began to dream of multi-million dollar paydays during the nineties and the Fairness Doctrine then was as derided as Prohibition.
With these media options leading the way as the mouthpieces of the Right and the White House, those in power could rest easy knowing that the Republican line could and would be out there, heard and adhered to by those whose feeble minds believe everything they hear because if it's on the television it must be correct. And Fox news up until recently has enjoyed better than average ratings. But a funny thing happened on the way to the election.
These past eight years have seen a Government led by unabashed liars and crooks. Whose mantra seemed to be 'Hey look what Clinton got away with. Surely we can get away with anything!' And they almost did. Unfortunately for the Right, the People began to get tired of seeing their sons and daughters sent overseas to die for a cause which was a lie. And a continuously evolving lie at that. First WMD's, then Saddam's a "bad man. A very bad man!" Then it became Iraqi freedom and who knows what it is now. While our troops were fighting for Iraqi Freedom, the government was working overtime to deny everyone else theirs. Illegal wiretaps, a vice-president who is above the law in so many respects, Guantanemo prisoners who have been exonerated but will not be released, and on and on. The lies have piled up so high that by the time of the election, nearly anyone would have defeated McCain or any other Republican. This is what the Right doesn't understand. The Bush Administration with its wars, profligate spending, trampling the Constitution, and unnecessary fear mongering, has so tarnished the Republican 'brand' that it may be many years before they can have a respectable showing in a National election. They can pretty much forget about 2012 as a 'comeback' year because they still have such 'old guard' faces as Congressman Boehner and Senator McConnell in the leadership positions. They still have loudmouths like Rush Limbaugh and his little sister Sean Hannity and his little sister Brian Killmeade and all the other little sisters lying about Obama right up to the election. And now the best they can do is whine about what may become of them.
I've got a newsflash for those on the right who continue to whine and cry and yes, lie about what may happen in the future. Don't worry about it! Stop lying, stop crying, stop the fearmongering, stop WHINING!You have lost your influence, now do the American thing and get out there and redeem your sorry legacy and regain the confidence that you so took advantage of in the past. No one is asking any of these crybabies to kiss the feet of the new administration, just accept the fact that there is more to America than Fox news.