In his debut piece at The Examiner, Marc “Armed Liberal” Danziger makes some excellent points about the Democratic “netroots” and the Lieberman race and about the Democratic party in general.
So when such bloggers as Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, Chris Bowers, Jerome Armstrong and Jane Hamsher preen that they have pushed “Rape Gurney Joe” (Hamsher’s sobriquet) off the island, there’s only one problem: They think they are winning in doing so.
Now parties have been getting weaker over the last few decades, and there’s a long and interesting discussion to have about that secular trend.
But right now, the interesting question is this one: Why are the leading progressive blogs pushing so hard for something that will objectively set back their ostensible goal — Democratic victory in ’06 and ’08?
When people do that, I tend to assume, not that they are stupid, but that there is another goal that may not be obvious to me.
And in this case, the goal is simple; they want to control the Democratic Party. The fact that a Democratic Party they can control will be a far weaker party hasn’t dawned on them yet. They are arrogant enough to believe that the people who live in flyover country are just ignorant, and that once they see the shining path they will fall in behind their betters. There is an argument to be made for mobilizing the discouraged nonvoters; but the candidates who have actually done that have been populists like Jesse Ventura — people whose politics are significantly different than Hamsher’s.
But to be honest, even if the public doesn’t fall in behind the leadership, and the party loses every election, there will be great consulting gigs and staff jobs. And there’s a part of me that believes that’s the real issue. Read the whole thing. Marc Danziger’s blogging can be found at Winds of Change.
This is cross-posted at Wizbang Politics.