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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Silly bullshit

When you see the same dumb idea twice in a week from Washington pundocrats, you know you're dealing with an emerging piece of Conventional Wisdom.

First, Richard Cohen:

I have seen this anger before -- back in the Vietnam War era. That's when the antiwar wing of the Democratic Party helped elect Richard Nixon. In this way, they managed to prolong the very war they so hated.

Second, Jonathan Chait:

These are exactly the sorts of fanatics who tore the party apart in the late 1960s and early '70s. They think in simple slogans and refuse to tolerate any ideological dissent.

The only people who would buy this weak-ass historical revisionism are those for whom white men have to be the stars of every history play. The Democratic Party did not fall from power from the 1960s through the 1980s because a bunch of white male leftists at peace marches wore their hair too long and yelled the wrong slogans. It fell because of the anxieties provoked in white men by the feminist movement and particularly by the civil rights movement.

Come on. Everybody in Washington knows what the Southern Strategy was. How dumb do they think we all are, anyway?


  • At 3:07 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Hm, that just seems like a variant of Eric Cartman's "shut the fuck up you stupid hippies!"

    Good point about how the anti-hippie meme ignores the women's and civil rights movement.

    Semi-relatedly, I liked a Chait commenter's point that

    If you're right and Leiberman wins "big," won't the lesson be that, even in the bluest of blue states, an incumbent Democrat can side with Bush all he wants, take the best shot the "blogosphere" can muster, and still win easily?

    The blogosphere has yet to prove its electoral might.


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