breaking news: interview with a Mushy Middler


My fake news interview with a Mushy Middler was first published here in August, 2017, one year after the US presidential election of 2016. With the 2020 election less than two months away, I wondered whether the mythical “mushy middle” is as powerful today as it was four years ago or whether our current climate of increased political unrest has caused this group to dissipate.  American voters are either “for” or “against” with no room in the inn for a middler. True or false in 2020?

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The mushy middle – and I’m not talking Hostess Twinkies here. No, the “mushy middle” and the “soft center” are names given by politicians and pollsters to the highly sought after mostly silent majority of the electorate who have never attended a rally other than a pep rally at school, never written letters to the editor, regularly watch both Fox and CNN  for their news, don’t give a tinker’s dam about confederate statues, and pal around with friends whose major topic of conversation isn’t politics. Holy Smoly, life must be much less stressful in the mushy middle, or is it?

Inquiring minds want to know, so I’ll Call It took to reality blogging and found a card carrying member of the Mushy Middle who agreed to be interviewed as long as she could remain anonymous in order to avoid “outing” any of her middling friends. The interview was conducted two days before the Eclipse.

I’ll Call It: For the record, is it true you identify as a member of the Mushy Middle?

MM: Yes, that’s true. I am a proud member of the Mushy Middle and I’ll tell you why – I am always Undecided until the very last moment before I step into the voting booth. I vote for the person – not the party because I don’t like either one of those behemoth political machines that are 100% responsible for the mess we’ve made in our country. Basically, I think all politicians are crooks. 100%.

I’ll Call It: I see. Well, do you mind telling me the name of the person you voted to elect President in 2016?

MM: I voted for Donald Trump, but I didn’t tell anybody…not even if they asked, and a lot of those pollsters called me to ask. I thought it was nobody’s business if you care to write that down.

I’ll Call It: Hm. Yes, I’ll definitely put that down; thank you for that bit of information. I really appreciate it. Do you mind telling me what characteristics of Donald Trump appealed to you?

MM: Certainly. For one thing, he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. Everybody knows she’s a crook and a liar – they’ve already proved that with those emails of hers, haven’t they?

I’ll Call It: Well, actually no. But surely that wasn’t the only reason you voted for Donald Trump?

MM: Of course not. Are you calling me one of those women haters who don’t want other women to succeed – is that what you’re trying to say because if it is, I’m calling off this interview right now. I’m beginning to get a sneaking suspicion you’re trying to trap me into saying something I don’t mean, and I don’t like it one little bit. As a matter of fact, I don’t like you. Period.

You’re one of those elitist bloggers running around putting words in people’s mouths and making up phony photos showing KKK members with machine guns, for God’s sake. I have friends in the KKK, and they are super nice people who wouldn’t hurt a fly.

I’ll Call It: No, that’s simply not true. White supremacists and KKK groups aren’t the good guys really. They go against everything America has stood for since we got started. They don’t believe in equality and justice for all. Their beliefs are the antithesis of our core beliefs in a democracy.

MM: Oh yeah? Well, who else cares enough about our country’s history to try to preserve these beautiful statues we’ve had everywhere for two hundred years? What are we going to do with all the holes where the beautiful statues were? Has anybody thought about that?

Furthermore, I get it. I see you are not anything but a fake news reporter, so I am terminating this interview. Don’t ever let it be said that a Mushy Middler can’t smell a skunk a mile away. Adios. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

I’ll Call It: But I wasn’t done – we never got around to why the Mushy Middle is  apathetic to the political happenings in America today or what you thought about Steve Bannon’s being kicked out of the West Wing.

MM: I am sick to death of jerks like you who think you’re so smart and know everything. I don’t want to be on your side or their side. I just want to go my own way so leave me alone! Who’s Steve Bannon?

P.S. Okay, so maybe the interview wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped, but I learned one thing for sure. Clearly the Mushy Middle isn’t as apathetic as advertised. Holy Smoly.

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Stay safe, stay sane and please stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is an essayist with humorist tendencies who periodically indulges her desires to write outside her genre by trying to write fiction and poetry. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike and Charly. Her Texas roots are never far from her thoughts.
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16 Responses to breaking news: interview with a Mushy Middler

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    “I’ll Call It” called it! 100% mushy in the middle like wormy, rotten apples. Only they’re not so middling are they. Oh please Great Pumpkin, send us a blue landslide!!

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  2. JosieHolford says:

    Amusing. Thanks. The squishy centers of white supremacy that masquerade as “decent” people.

    But to be serious for a moment – I think the untapped voters that need to be corraled into the Democratic voting fold are the swathe of people from across the age and political spectrum who were attracted by Elizabeth Warren’s very active and practical approaches to solving problems. And by her unparalleled ability to think things through, think on her feet and explain it all.

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    • Elizabeth Warren was, indeed, a great campaigner and wonderful candidate. I have the utmost respect for Senator Warren and believe she stands on the right side of history. Although Pretty voted for her in the primary, we had a house divided with my vote for Mayor Pete. But I agree we need to energize the Warren supporters!

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      • JosieHolford says:

        Warren will rise to the top of whatever it is she continues to do and whatever role she chooses to take on. She would have been a brilliant president. And she is still out there educating us all and leading the way. She had a COVID plan ready to go on January 28th. Imagine if we had a competent government how different all of our lives would be!

        Not much of a Pete fan here. Can’t tell what he stands for, if anything. Too Mr. McKinsey-consultant for my liking. I wonder what role Biden will reward him with his dropping out and endorsement. Defense maybe. Veterans Affairs. He will get his ticket out of South Bend.

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      • I do think he will!

        Like

  3. JosieHolford says:

    Oh! And yes. Blue landslide please. At every level. Up and down the ballot. Kick the enablers out wherever they reside.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    😱

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Susanne says:

    I have my hands over my eyes and peek out occasionally at the US news hoping for a mood swing south of the border.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Good luck to you all for a very blue map on November 4… If you succeed, could you pop over and give us some help in the UK?

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Luanne says:

    LOL. I have to laugh because the alternative is, you know.

    Liked by 1 person

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