The number zero: Sad AND hilarious at the same time.

Via Liss at Shakesville:

Number of the Day.

Zero:  The percentage of support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among African-American potential voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

“The numbers came from a statistically significant sample of more than 100 African-American voters out of 1,000 total voters in the poll,” NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray told Lean Forward. “Given the sample size of these African-American respondents, the margin of error is well within the 95 percent-5 percent split with which Obama won this group in 2008. ”
In other words, none of the roughly 110 black respondents to this poll said they would support Romney.

None.  As in “not even one.”  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.


That was me laughing at Mitt Romney, and by extension at one of the two major U.S. political parties, getting zero support from a significant constituency, one that is projected to increase disproportionally over the next several decades.

Notwithstanding my giggle fit, Liss does make some astute and sobering observations:

It may be tempting for white progressives to laugh at the fact that Romney is polling at 0% among a significant US demographic [OMFG, perhaps you have NO IDEA how tempting it is to laugh at that. ZERO PERCENT. Bwahahaha!  Obviously I have TOTALLY given into that temptation, with my wanton slutty abandon! LMAO! -Ed.], but, for real, that shit isn’t funny. [Okay. Sorry.  But… why am I laughing so freaking hard? -Ed.]  It’s tragic. [Yes. It is indeed tragic—too. But that doesn’t make it “not funny”—it makes it “funny and tragic, too.” -Ed.]  The Republican Party has made disenfranchising African-American voters, failing to serve African-American communities via their garbage policies, and using race and class (the latter inextricably tied to the former in the US) as a wedge issue to win elections, for decades. [That is indeed horribly, horribly tragic.  Also: funny! Especially in light of those impending demographic shifts I mentioned. Bwahahaha! -Ed.]

That virtually all African-Americans feel, and rightly so, that voting Republican is not remotely an option for them means that, in a country already gridlocked and polarized and totally fucked [Yep: totally fucked. -Ed.] by an entrenched two-party system that increasingly benefits no one but the One Percent [Well, more like the 0.001% -Ed.] and Big Business, African-Americans aren’t even left with the shitty choice between two shitty parties, but the option to vote for the one party that is slightly less shitty or not voting at all. [Actually, a shitty choice between two shitty parties or not voting at all is the choice that African-Americans are left with.  Just like everyone else. -Ed.]

Which, you know, is a similar position to that in which I find myself every election, based on the two parties’ respective positions on reproductive rights. And I don’t find that amusing.  [Nor do I.  But I would find it amusing if women and others who prioritize reproductive rights were, by all accounts, projected to rise significantly as a demographic over the next several decades. -Ed.]

I can’t think of a more terrible result for people who had to fight for their right to vote than to be given no meaningful choice.  [Yes, that is really and truly terrible.  But even those constituencies who have never had to fight for their right to vote are being given no meaningful choice—whether they realize it or not. -Ed.]

That we cannot exercise that hard-won right in ways that truly affirm our lives exposes the US democracy for the farce it really is.  [I could not agree more.  But I would nevertheless point out that farce…is funny. -Ed.]

Liss frequently refers to herself as “The Most Humorless Feminist in All of Nofunnington,” which is itself hilarious.  She is a razor-sharp, quick, devastating wit:  darkly funny, while being deadly serious.

At the same time. 


Zero: The percentage of support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among African-American potential voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Bwahahahaha!  LMAO. 

2 thoughts on “The number zero: Sad AND hilarious at the same time.

  1. Rhetorical question for Iris: Does it make sense to try to buy some time by voting for the LOSE Party (Lesser Of Shitty Evils), based on the unlikely and shrinking possibility that we may still have a fighting chance if Democrats win? Whereas if Republigoons gain control, we are not only fucked but doomed to live in a theocratic, fascist state for the foreseeable future (which, owing to my age, is probably the rest of my life)?

    For sure the choice sucks, and that raises the following question: How did those CHUDs acquire such ominous power in a supposedly educated country? It seems like yesterday – I’m thinking of the Clinton years – that life here was at least somewhat decent, that there was actually hope that we were on track to a more rational, compassionate future. (Note: I’m not crediting Clinton, just making reference to a time when vile Repugs did not rule.) So I guess I’m going to do everything I can – which isn’t much – to try to ensure that the avowed Enemies of Humanity (women in particular) don’t gain total and lasting control of the most dangerous country on earth. I say total and lasting because you would have to be extremely naive to think they will relinquish control once they attain it, demographic trends notwithstanding. Fascists don’t get voted out of power – it takes guns, and guess who has the guns.

    Here’s my interpretation of the phrase, “totally fucked”: This country experienced a horrendous Civil War; now I have the uneasy sense that rivers of blood may flow again regardless of which gang prevails in the coming elections.

    Darkness descends . . . am I delusional, or deadly serious?

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