I've done quite a bit of thinking during the recent periods of time I've spent away from the keyboard.
Amongst those thoughts has been the truth of the fact that I don't want to be an ideologue. I do not wish to attach a permanent and unbending "R" to my political ideas, because I believe it is that myopic perspective that hinders growth and real progress in America.
We all should be open to the ideas of those with whom we typically disagree, and we should always be respectful of others, even when they can not behave in the same manner towards us.
Anyone who has read the comments section here on this blog knows I make every effort to uphold this standard; I have had more than one left-leaning commenter here who was less than cordial, yet I've always made the effort to treat them in a way that I believe would make my parents proud.
With this in mind, I came home and watched about 30 minutes of coverage on MSNBC tonight, just to see what type of coverage they would offer.
With their bombastic, immature commentary by the people who are their pundits on a nightly basis, I'm in shock, but sadly not surprised.
This is the same network, mind you, that is praised by the left-leaners who inhabit blogs like Huffington Post and others. I wouldn't care too much about this, except that some people actually take what these "News Anchors" say, and take it seriously.
While the left may disagree with the opinions expressed by the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly, certainly they must see the truth in the fact that when Fox News covers news, they do so with Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Shepherd Smith, and other hosts who are news anchors.
Fox News Channel then adds commentary from the pundits - the commentators, if you will. However, Fox News Channel would never allow Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity to anchor news coverage, and just tonight Bill O'Reilly has already made his appearance - as a guest commenter, not as an anchor.
None of what I have witnessed tonight will make me think any more about locking that "R" in place aside my political identity. Mind you, I said I am shocked, but not surprised. But it certainly does remind me to be very weary of anyone who is proud to attach a "D" next to their own politics, given the source from where it is possible that they gather their information.
And with that said... here's some fresh hot commentary from MSNBC, witnessed within the first 15-30 minutes I turned on the tube...
Chris Matthews, in discussing the Democrat Party's position through the evening?
And in discussion about the idea that Tea Party candidates like Christine O'Donnell won primaries:
"It's a joke, losing Mike Castle from the Republican Party. It's a joke."
Here, I must disagree. I'd rather know the face of my political opposition, than wonder who is my political opposition and if he exists within our own ranks.
About the Tea Party:
"The Tea Party has clearly been co-opted by the Republican Party."
Actually, this is nothing new - but on Election Night, to have this statement made by your "Anchors?"
Keith Olbermann, describing Rand Paul's margin at approximately 7:30pm EDT:
"Only a six percent plurality for Rand Paul"
Only six percent, mind you. Remember, Rand Paul is the guy MSNBC long ago declared a fringe lunatic, and these same people hosting tonight's election coverage as "news" have pounded the "Aqua-Buddha" theme repeatedly for weeks in an effort to disparage him.
"The Republicans are the ones who are purging, from the edge. There are plenty of moderate Democrats out there. It's a purge, from the right, and the same thing is not happening on the left."
You know... I see her point, and this fact actually makes me happy. It was stated last night on some show I watched, "That Tail is going to wag the Dog," when it comes to the Freshmen Tea Party candidates being the people who will likely tell the "establishment" what is up in Congress.
I believe that's a good thing. Washington needs to be shaken up. I would rather have a bunch of fresh faces elected every cycle than to have happen what we've witnessed over the past 20 or so years.
And back to Chris Matthews;
"If, growing up, your name was Richard Armey, would you say, 'Call me Dick'"
Very mature, Mr. Matthews. This is the prime-time, full-scale election coverage on the NBC cable news network, the very same that will not have itself compared to Fox News Channel, and you're making "Dick" jokes?
And they're blasting Christine O'Donnell, making fun of Rand Paul, calling Dr. Paul "A genius compared to O'Donnell."
And of course... everybody on the Right who wins tonight is a "Republican, Tea Party candidate."
It's gonna be a long, long night at the Cable version of the Peacock News Network.