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Friday, October 13, 2006

See, this'yere is what I'm talking about.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote in response to Neil the Ethical Werewolf, who dropped by to comment on my giving a big fuck-you to his ActBlue page and (everyone else's too):

We need to think about how not just to reform the Democratic Party's electoral machinery and oust its current crop of incompetent managers, but also how to reform it ideologically so that it is willing not just to check the worst excesses of the Republicans but actually to roll them back.

Clunky writing. Ugh.

Point is, while I do want a Democratic majority in the House after this election, in the long term I simply don't trust this element of the Party:

Does he not make you want to reach into YouTube and throttle his fat little neck? Even if this year I may hope for practical reasons that the guy gets elected, can you all understand why I also hope he doesn't stick around long enough to accrue any seniority or power?

My complaint about liberal blogs made use of Neil's collection, at Ezra Klein's blog, of what I thought were bad apologies for Democratic cowardice on the detainee bill. Now, to give credit to the same source, Ezra himself has launched an interesting discussion of what it means to be a liberal. After we all hold our noses and vote for Democrats like Steve Kagen, we'd better keep thinking about liberalism and how we can replace the Kagens of the Party with people who believe in its principles, even if they remain afraid of the word itself.


  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    I really liked that post from October 2nd and had missed it due to moving and not having net access the past two weeks.

    But do you really believe that "Democrats behave themselves better than they used to largely because of blog pressure"? Better than when?

  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Better than they did through the 1990s up until 2002, for the most part. Not all of them, not all the time, and not enough. But a little better.

  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Better than the 90s? You mean for not standing up against NAFTA and the dismantling of the social safety net?

  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    The latter, definitely, but more broadly than not standing up against NAFTA just basically making our trade policy a tool of excessively powerful multinationals. Also the health care reform debacle at the beginning of Clinton's term, the abandonment of gay rights, and the abandonment of meaningful advancement in racial equality. Getting us involved in a ground war in Colombia; generally extending the Reagan War on Drugs to absurd degrees.

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Oh, come on, stop sweating the small stuff. What's a corporate giveaway or two trillion among friends?


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