Yesterday on Twitter, a tweet from ABC News Politics caught my eye.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 6, 2017
That’s a whole lotta bias crammed into 140 characters, isn’t it?
Republicans are well-positioned to “retain their GRIP on power.”
Yes. When Republicans have the majorities, it is a grip on power.
Tell us how you really feel, ABC News.
But that wasn’t the part that caught my eye.
It was the lead-in modifier: “Despite surging protests.”
I think the modifier ABC was grasping for here was “Because of surging protests.”
It isn’t despite these protests that Republicans are well-positioned for 2018.
In fact, they have these never-ending protests to thank for their positioning.
When the opposition party has become nothing more than a never-ending protest march, retaining your “grip” on power is pretty easy.
Because when you protest absolutely everything, eventually your protests become nothing more than white noise.
I used to work with a woman who, whenever something would go wrong, would rush in and declare, “We have crisis!”
99.9% of the time, the “crisis” wasn’t a crisis at all.
And when everything becomes a crisis, nothing is a crisis.
Just like when everybody is special, nobody is special.
Or, when everybody wins a trophy, nobody does anything trophy-worthy.
The Democrats and Democrat base made the conscious choice to take to the streets and shriek as if the sky is falling over every little thing Donald Trump does.
And because everything sets them into hysterical protest mode, it’s all becoming white noise.
And white noise is infinitely easy to tune out.
It sinks into the background and isn’t even noticed anymore.
I used to live in an apartment a half block from the Red Line elevated tracks in Chicago. For the first few weeks, every single time a train rumbled by, it made me crazy. It woke me up at night, distracted me whenever I was reading a book or watching TV.
But after a few weeks, I stopped noticing it anymore.
That’s what’s happening with this non-stop protesting coming from the Democrats.
It’s faded into the background and become nothing more than white noise.
These Democrats working themselves into a lather on a daily basis have become the boy who cries wolf.
Nobody is listening anymore.
Last night, Senate Democrats decided to hold an all-night protest-a-thon on the Senate floor over Betsy DeVos.
And there’s nothing better for a good night’s sleep than the constant hum of white noise.
When the only people paying attention to you anymore are those who already agree with you and CNN, you’re accomplishing nothing.
For the rest of us, this non-stop protest has become nothing more than white noise.
Meaningless, incomprehensible and irrelevant.
This is why the Republicans are poised to retain their majority in Congress.
The opposition party is no longer an opposition party. Instead, they’ve become a constant buzzing that can easily be ignored.
People are tuning it out. It has become no more noticeable to us than the constant hum of a refrigerator running in the kitchen.
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