"How can someone who has
a) lost a job while CEOs plundered
b) found himself with no health insurance and ended up paying through the nose for private or "risk pool" insurance
c) living on a fixed income with high cost of whatever
d) been forced to work 2 or 3 part-time jobs with no benefits thanks to
the corporate trend of eliminating full-time jobs.
e) some combination of the above
possibly vote for Bush?"
We asked a variant of the question during the last election: "How can someone whose life has been decimated by Republican policy even consider voting for McCain?"
Now I think I know the answer, and it isn't pretty.
During the year or so leading up to the election, I was a passionate constant consumer of political writing. I paid attention and spent countless hours informing myself.
But ever since the inauguration my consumption of such media has dropped by about 75%.
At first I thought I had political burnout or a simply too much on my plate, but now I'm investigating an unflattering possibility:
Could I be a blind follower, too?
I have little interest in following issues these days. I no longer read Huffington Post, Daily Kos, or Wonkette three times a day. I no longer watch CNN during my time in the kitchen. I no longer read the newspaper regularly.
I am, under this hypothesis, exactly like the individuals on the right I used to castigate.
So I want to ask for your help.
Will you let me know, in the comments if you (as a conservative) are now consuming more political media or if you (as a liberal) are consuming less?
Please throw your virtual two cents' worth into the fray.