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Nominally “Democratic” but certainly not liberal / left / progressive… 25 May 2006

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

 oh nooo.  Forever wedded to the yella lines in the middle of the road and sucking down the dead armadilla dust.  They appear as mesmerised – beached in fact.

           The Beached Whale, 1978

 Not a pretty picture.  Nor is the picture drawn by Ruth Coniff in The Progressive

 And I note that a moderate, and loyal but principled, Democratic blogger, Steve Soto at TLC, is facing a few things.

 However I, unlike Soto, can see no "long game" plans on the part of the Big Dems.  I see same old same old, sold as "taking the party back" (what a laugh, from DLCers) or "we are for electability!" (what did they not learn from 04?).

 By the way, Howard, who does struggle and who has believed in, talked of and worked toward a 50 state strategy for a long time, is not a Big Dem.  IMO they keep him around – for now – as cover.  I had supported his staying independent – as opposed to going "inside".   I find his work to wave the buzzards off the carcass… unseemly. 

Some snippets, first from Ruth Coniff:

If stalling is a viable strategy, why be surprised that some Dems are even promoting losing as a winning prospect? Really. Last week Tony Coelho told Adam Nagourney that NOT gaining majorities in the House and Senate might be better for Democrats, since then they won't be blamed for the mess the country is in.

"The most politically advantageous thing for the Democrats is to pick up 11, 12 seats in the House and three or four seats in the Senate but let the Republicans continue to be responsible for government," Coelho, a former House Democratic whip, told the Times. "We are heading into this period of tremendous deficit, plus all the scandals, plus all the programs that have been cut. This way, they get blamed for everything."

So when, exactly, can we expect a change of direction? When the Republicans start governing responsibly, ending the deficit, reforming government, restoring domestic services, and rolling back the Bush tax cuts?

It will be a cold day in Hell before the Democrats judge it a safe time to step up to the plate and take over.

And if they manage to stumble into power, what are the chances that the Democrats will take bold steps to rescue the country from all the bad policies this Administration has brought on us? Not much, judging by the nervous attitude of the current leadership.

The other thing about the DC Dems is that they have spun losing as winning for so long, they are in terminal confusion. 

 Let me add, they don't know how to use a majority, and that goes back long before Bush 43:  Clarence Thomas. 

 He advanced to the SCOTUS while Democrats held the Senate.  He made it out of committee and 11 Democratic senators on the floor voted to put hm on the court. 

11 Democrats crossed the aisle.  Final vote:  52/48.  He is on the court due to Democrats.

And a bit from Steve Soto at The Left Coaster:

Several bloggers took issue with me, and let me have it for allegedly “quivering with caution”, and suggesting retreat, rather than browbeat our representatives to fight on principle. What got lost in the back and forth was that although I have wanted our representatives and senators to be more aggressive on many fronts for years, as evidenced by many posts here, I realized a while ago what others are now seeing, that such battles on principle are not in the DNA of almost all Senate Democrats (except Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer).

Wishing for it and banging the table for it won’t make it so. It just isn’t there with Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer, Jay Rockefeller, Joe Biden, Pat Leahy, and for that matter Barack Obama. Dick Durbin is capable of it, and would make a great Majority Leader, but for every Durbin there is a Harry Reid, who is more conservative than many of us realize and who in truth is really a transitional figure from the Tom Daschle days until the Democrats can retake the Senate in 2008. And let’s not talk about Hillary, whom I think stands only for what gets her votes in 2008.

Our senators are as a group risk-averse. They are a fearful group and not willing to do a frontal assault on Bush unless the issue has broad public support and has GOP support inside the chamber.

Well.  As I read around the Democratic party blogs, and small 'd' democratic blogs – those would be the blogs that are not tied into the party, not tied to the aides of certain of the leadership, it does seem that the 4 Democratic committee votes (Feinstein, Rockefeller, Levin and Mikulski) for Hayden have gone down hard.

 The DC Democrats have shown nothing that would lead to other than what we've got.  And surely the tied-in Democratic party bloggers got that from the faxes and emails, the life blood they receive from the party… 

 Maybe some of the tied-in would care to become independent.  Other wise, the tied-in bloggers are supporting the supporters of the Republicans.

 Now that is a crowd I won't be a part of…

 You know, that "sharing" of rather dull information (and duller "blogger" conf calls), always with a sugary dose of subtle or unsubtle exhortation to play it 'our way', that all started during the Kerry run.  I mean, as organised party buy-in for the bloggers. 

 Oh sure, there was conversation – and more –  between insiders and so called outsiders before… and more than one or two of the bloggers had some relationship with a primary campaign … nothing too surprising there… but the real co-option began during the Kerry run.

 And it was very clearly, nothing hidden about it, done on the part of the party and the campaign to staunch criticism.  Manufacturing consent.  I really have to laugh.  The wanna-wanna-bes – bloggers.

 They wanna be out, but they wanna be in. Too.

 One can chart much of this foolishness from the cheerleading for Harry Reid.  A dullard of a hack and a Republican handmaiden, if ever there was one.  He surely needed the crass and craven games carried out for a year and half at Daily Kos, and elsewhere, on his behalf.

Yes, how a new medium was co-opted by a fundraising shell of a so-called national political party. 

 Crashing gates? 

No no…. polishing doorknobs.  Polishing something.

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UPDATE,  5:04 am, PT:

I see that MyDD is on topic with a long clip from Glenn Greenwald.  Enjoy!



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 May 2006

You’ve summed up the current dark climate nicely.

2. Kidspeak - 25 May 2006

Those who crash the gates usually want inside. They may or may not want to open the gates for all on the outside. Sometimes they just want to be one of the invited guests.

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