Postman reads the New Republic. Here’s a snip of the original article:
FOR THE NETROOTS, partisan fidelity is the sine qua non. As Moulitsas told Newsweek in 2005, “The issue is: Are you proud to be a Democrat? Are you partisan?” What they cannot forgive is Democrats or liberals who distance themselves from their party or who give ammunition to the enemy. The netroots will forgive Democrats in conservative districts for moving as far to the right as necessary to win elections. But they do everything within their power to eliminate from liberal states or districts moderates like Joe Lieberman or Jane Harman, whose stances are born of conviction rather than necessity. This is precisely the same principle espoused by Norquist and other GOP activists. They will defend Republicans who need to demonstrate their independence from the national party in order to maintain their electoral viability. (As Norquist once remarked about Lincoln Chafee, “A Republican from Rhode Island is a gift from the gods.”)
First off, in 2006, conservative groups like Club for Growth went after Senator Lincoln Chafee. They ran a right wing candidate in the primary that forced Chafee to move to the right, only to put in out of the mainstream in the general election. Rhode Islanders loved the Chafee family, and they really liked Lincoln Chafee. But, after seeing him tack to the right, they remembered that their “nice guy” Senator was still a Republican. And being a Republican in New England was a really bad thing to be in ’06.
So the idea that the conservative interest groups are so Machiavellian, so brilliant, and so comfortable with moderates like Chafee, is wrong. Democrats like Markos from DailyKos got painted as a purity-demanding extremists for going after Lieberman. The difference is, Connecticut is a blue state, and either Lieberman or Ned Lamont was going to win in ’06, so there was no real downside to trying to knock out the DINO Lieberman. Conservatives, on the other hand, were not nearly so savvy, and sabotaged Chafee with an ill-advised primary challenge.
The Netroots? Smart and savvy. Club for Growth and other conservative groups? Dumbest mother f****** in the universe.
What’s more, ever since Rep. Jane Harmon was challenged by the Democratic base in her district, she has seen the light and has become a great congresswoman. And conservative Democrats like Sen. Ben Nelson and Rep. Gene Taylor do receive their fair share of kudos on liberal blogs, even though those two guys don’t vote with Democrats as much as I’d like them to. Heck, having Nelson in Nebraska is a gift from God, and Taylor, while socially conservative, is an FDR Democrat.
As for the difference between the “wonkosphere” and party-line Democratic blogs, I see the difference, but in the end everyone is on the same team. Goldy a political blogger of the first order; he’s all about winning elections and gaining/using power. But, he also has his wonky side wherein he’ll get into the nitty-gritty of tax reform and gambling issues. I too am a proud political hack who also likes to write about health care and urban planning.
So, Postman, I’d take anything about liberal blogs that’s published in the New Republic with a gigantic grain of salt. They love kiss-ass DC cocktail party Democrats who apologize for being Democrats. The New Republic LOVES Lieberman, and they love Democrats who believe that if only Democrats were more like Republicans, they’d be in power…
…when, in fact, as we learned in ’06, the opposite is true.