Carol Platt Liebau: Feeding the Beast

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Feeding the Beast

Interesting analysis of the Paul Hackett debacle by UPI news senior analyst Martin Sieff. He worries (yes, worries) about the implications for the Democratic Party of its failure to embrace left wing antiwar types ranging from Hackett to Cindy Sheehan.

Seems to me that Sieff is giving away his far left roots here. There's a world of difference between Hackett -- an Iraq war vet -- and Sheehan, and to lump them into the same category is, frankly, an insult to Hackett. And a world of difference between shunting Hackett aside in favor of a career pol, and not wanting an anti-American moonbat like Sheehan to take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Even so, it's true that the Dems are going to have a problem feeding the angry netroots base that they've been delighted to nourish when the ferocity was directed at the President. And it serves them right.


Blogger Mike's America said...

Dems told Hackett to "cut and run."

Oh well. That's a shame. Even though DeWine is weak, he would have beat Hackett.

He'll clobber Brown.

9:38 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Of course a "UPI senior analyst" worries about the implications for the Democratic party. There's a struggle going on for the soul of our party, and it's a fight between beltway insiders and Democrats across the country who are tired of being sold out by our leadership. And none of the beltway reporters get this, because they spend their time going to cocktail parties with the people in power. They're part of the corrupt game.

It's why the Dem insiders who have lost campaign after campaign by abandoning half the states are so scared of Howard Dean's 50-state stategy -- because he's threatening to take their power away and give it back to local Democratic organizations.

It's really amusing to hear all the tut-tutting from multi-millionaire pundits over the Ned Lamont campaign. Imagine people having the nerve to vote for someone other than an incumbent! That's close to Communism! We need to let Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman sell out the country to the credit card industry or anarchy will reign!

I hope Lieberman goes down. It will send a signal to the beltway insiders that they can not continue to pose as Republicans and count on our votes. You can not call us traitors for not supporting Bush and expect our support.

(And before you start chortling about how naive those "Kossacks" are, please note, no one's going after either of the Nelsons, who are as right-wing as Dems get. We know that Nebraska, say, is not going to elect a leftie. But Connecticut? It's as safe a Dem seat as Alabama is for Republicans. There is no excuse for Bush's favorite Dem to represent that state.)

And there's one important element that neither you nor the Beltway crowd seems to have noticed -- you guys keep talking about the crazy fringe anti-war lefties. Check your polls, kids -- the pro-war side is now a very small minority.

A problem "feeding the angry netroots?" Just the opposite. We are nourishing our party.

4:37 PM  

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