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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


One of the things I hate is when people over-inflate the importance of something that takes place.

For example, in the annual list of 'all time great rock songs', there is invariably a relatively recently released song or two, yet holding down the #1 spot for a couple of weeks doesn't come close to qualifying a song as one of the all time greats.

Or take Twitter and Facebook. Both are neat little programs but neither deserves the accolades they've received. Google is wonderfully profitable in search (also known as electronic yellow pages), but has had a fraction of the impact on the world as they and their fan base think is the case.

And the phenomenon takes place in politics.

Obama getting elected didn't mean that the country wanted a bunch of liberal policies. McCain losing didn't mean that the GOP can only win if they nominate hard core conservatives.

And Christine O'Donnell winning in Delaware doesn't mean the Tea Party is as powerful as its supporters think it is.

Let's get real folks. She won in Delaware, a tiny, tiny state and one that isn't representative of much else (who has ever heard someone claim 'as Delaware goes, so goes the country'?). She got a whopping 30,000 votes which, while more than Castle got, wouldn't be much more than a rounding error in a larger state.

While I share a good many of the goals of the Tea Party, I'm not going to drink the kool-aid they're pushing... and I'd advise everybody else to hold off as well.