Keller @ Large: Please Stop Whining

BOSTON (CBS) – Today couldn’t come around soon enough for me after yesterday, which apparently was designated ‘National Whine Day’, and I don’t mean reds, whites and champagne.

Across Massachusetts, Republicans and right-leaning independents were whining bitterly about the Democratic sweep in Tuesday’s election.

Across most of the rest of the nation, Democrats and liberals were whining equally bitterly about the GOP takeover of the House and the rise of the Tea party.

For both sides, it seems the success of the opposition is a sign of the impending apocalypse, and a symptom of a toxic brew of greed and stupidity, while the victories of their preferred candidates represent a triumph of reason and courage.

Please, all of you – stop it.

Let’s start with the local results.

While I do not approve of one party rule, we’re not quite there yet, not with Scott Brown in the Senate and enough Democrats knocked off in legislative races to put some fear into the rest of them. And in case you missed it, our all blue House delegation is now in the minority party down there.

With regard to Gov. Patrick, does it dawn on his worst critics that his re-election might have been helped by backlash against their sometimes excessive animosity towards him?

In the same way, knee-jerk bashers of the Tea Party have overplayed their hand, casting ordinary Americans with legitimate grievances as incendiary hate-mongers. I like President Obama, but he seems to me every bit as deserving of a moderating setback as President Bush was in 2006.

Yesterday’s whine-fest was the predictable outburst of a short-attention-span, have it your way, grievance-addicted culture.

I hope you got it out of your systems, because I doubt I’m the only one who doesn’t care to hear anymore of it going forward.

Listen to Jon Keller.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • Matt

    I will continue to whine. When the country goes one way, Massachusetts always goes the other way… The glaring incorrect point in your statement here is stemmed from a correct point which you misinterpret. We in Massachusetts are represented by all Democrats in the House of Representatives. This is not a good thing, because as you point out they are in the minority, that will leave us to be left behind. We need some representation with a majority to keep Massachusetts and our interests relevant. In the Senate we have one person of each side of the isle but in the House we are irrelevant.

  • Richard Perez

    Are Massachusetts residents born with an extra gene that forces them to pull the lever for useless hack Democrats? Thank God that, while I live here, I was nt born here. I escaped the Stepford Voter Syndrome. I did not walk blindly to the polls, ready to pull the lever for the Empty Suit and the Banking Queen. learly, our vast medical community has some work to do to somehow find a cure for this aberrant and unnatural behavior.

  • Rich

    Jon Keller is just plain annoying to watch or listen to…please…go away

  • KBurke

    I put the for sale sign on the front lawn; simply ridiculous. All the complaining, whining we heard for the last 4 years and now more of the same. I don’t want to hear a single complaint Massachusetts voters, you simply got what you asked for and nothing more. Good luck, you’ll all need it.

    • GOBLUE

      Good Luck & don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!!!!

  • rftech

    I really tire of your left wing rhetoric. You are pathetic. If you worked anywhere else in the country you would have been axed a long time ago.

  • JohnC

    I’ll whine too. The new website is not nearly as easy to use as was the old one. Some things are invented enough. Can we plaese go back to the previous format? How about a poll? BTW: The majority spoke. Let the rest of us suck it up!

  • Ellen

    I feel the same way. To much whining, to much negativity, and to much party loyalty that goes way overboard. Did it ever dawn on anyone that a lot of people just voted for the best of the worst, and really had no choice in the matter. Hey, it’s not like we have any real leaders in this state or country, and coming from both parties.

  • M L Peters

    Thank you John Keller. I agree and for those who blogged with more whine…would you like cheese with that?

    John C… I agree with your view of the new website…THAT I WILL whine about

  • Ellen

    rftech, for you information Jon is and has always been fair and even minded about both parties. I never heard him ever take the side of the Democrats over the Republicans or visa versa, so what’s your problem? Guess you have no use for like what moderates or Independents, Typical party goer aren’t we.

  • JT

    im not whining, im just ashamed to be from this state. what redeeming qualities does a guy like Barney Frank provide? are you proud to have him represent you? he is a joke, and we are a joke for voting him back in.

    at least he’ll be in DC as a reminder to the rest of our country that elections have concequences. we obviously don’t get that concept yet.

    • StanleyRamon

      @JT- When you say “we” from “this state” elected him, you do realize that he represents only a certain district within Mass, right? I could not vote for him even if I wanted to. Evidently those folks in his district disagree with you, and have disagreed with you for the past 30 years.

  • JT

    Yes, Stanley, I do realize that. I was using Barney as an example of how out of whack our fellow MA buddies voted.

    Why would we vote to lower the sales tax? it only would help out small business struggling in this tough economy. Oh wait, the fire depts and schools would vanish, that’s right. We’d have to put out our own fires and teach our own kids. Joke.

    Voters need to get a clue.

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