…but if you’re going to snark over my criticism of the lame-o Voice piece, could you at least snark about what I actually wrote?
Here’s Scott, one of the Wiley Coyote super-geniuses at ‘Lawyers, Guns & Money‘:
What the Democrats really need, apparently, is to enthusiastically support a decision to waste hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars replacing a dictatorship that poses no significant security threat to the United States with an Islamist quasi-state allied with Iran. Now there’s electoral and policy gold!
Hang on, let’s go look through the post about the Voice, and then the one about Bittergate, and then the one about Hillary…hmmm…Iraq, nothing, war, nothing, Islam, nothing, Middle east – nothing.
Here’s what I did say, in the Bittergate post:
I think that the grandparents of these voters voted solidly Democratic because they remember that they got electricity from a Federal program, and paved roads from a Federal program, and home, business and farm loans guaranteed by Federal programs. They might not have been comfortable with elitist East Coast politicians, but they had some concrete sense of what they got for voting for them.
I’ve asked for a long time what, exactly the Democratic Party has done in the last 20 years for a typical 35-year-old single mother who works as an administrative assistant in a big city. The answer: not a hell of a lot. Not anything I can think of.
To that I’ll add the question of what the Democratic Party has done in the last 20 years for the 35-year-old son of a factory worker who manages to get temp manufacturing jobs, alongside his wife, and tries to support his three kids doing it. He’s getting by because his dad had a great retirement plan and equity in his house. To him, the government wants to close his hunting areas to protect spotted owls, let his 14 year old daughter get an abortion without his consent, and charge him more and more for the privilege.
Not so much about Iraq…
Here’s what I said in the Hillary post, citing Judis (one of those right-wing thinkers, you know – the co-author of ‘The Emerging Democratic Majority’):
If you look at the upcoming presidential election in this light, the Democratic prospects do not appear to be good. McCain is an acceptable Republican–a war hero and a reputed moderate. (His greatest inherent liability, which could make him unacceptable regardless of his ideas or background, is his age.) Both Democratic candidates, whatever their protestations, are seen as coming out of the party’s liberal wing on guns and abortion.
and then citing that known crypto-fascist, Bill Clinton:
I know how you feel. I understand Hillary’s sense of outrage. It makes me mad too. Sure, we lost our base in the South; our boys voted for Gingrich. But let me tell you something. I know these boys. I grew up with them. Hardworking, poor, white boys, who feel left out, feel that our reforms always come at their expense. Think about it, every progressive advance our country has made since the Civil War has been on their backs. They’re the ones asked to pay the price of progress. Now, we are the party of progress, but let me tell you, until we find a way to include these boys in our programs, until we stop making them pay the whole price of liberty for others, we are never going to unite our party, never really going to have change that sticks.
And in the Voice post?
We’re in an election cycle where the GOP candidate should be staked out like a sacrificial goat waiting for the knife. Instead, we get Democratic thinkers worrying – appropriately – that the Democratic candidate is going to actually lose in November. And one of the big reasons is that the public voice of the Party is cranky, smug yuppies.
So Scot, my man – did you forget your glasses? Monitor too dirty from the outraged spittle? Help a blogger out…
And while Edroso and Tbogg think it’s kinda silly that they singlehandedly might be placing the election at risk – and I agree, the issue isn’t about them, personally, or the hundred and hundreds of people following the debate about his article – the attitude they express so perfectly is what’s at issue, and it is one that’s pervasive through the progblogs (in fact, I’d say having that attitude is necessary for playing there) and, sadly it’s spreading out into the real world.
In my spare time, I’m just going to keep doing my part in kicking it, both in the hopes that I can help push it back just a little to make room for a saner form of Democratic discourse – and, bluntly, because it’s just so much damn fun.