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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

9/28/2004

Frum takes apart lefty bloggers

By now, it’s pretty clear that all this energy and enthusiasm has done Kerry nothing but harm. Consider the case of Josh Marshall of www.talkingpointsmemo.com. Marshall is intelligent, learned, politically committed but also imbued with a deep sense of historical perspective. He could have been the Arthur Schlesinger Jr. of his generation. Maybe someday he will be. Right now though he has gone completely off his nut. Here’s his post from Friday:

"A generous way to put it -- the lede of Dana Milbank's piece in tomorrow's Post: 'President Bush and leading Republicans are increasingly charging that Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry and others in his party are giving comfort to terrorists and undermining the war in Iraq -- a line of attack that tests the conventional bounds of political rhetoric.'

"Can we re-check the sprinkler system in the Reichstag?"

....Leave aside for a moment the historical illiteracy and moral outrageousness of the analogy. Concentrate only on its self-destructive political lunacy.

In politics as in retailing, you never argue with the customer. If the polls are accurate, the American people perceive George W. Bush as a upright and honorable man. On the other hand, they don't much like his economic policies, and they worry that he may be too much of a risk-taker in foreign affairs.

A smart political operation would work on those pre-existing weaknesses. It wouldn’t waste time trying to convince an incredulous public that the genial likeable man they see on television is in reality the reincarnation of Hitler.

But the Democratic political operation of 2004 has not been smart. It has in fact been astonishingly, gaspingly, Guiness Book of Records stupid. It has been simultaneously hysterical and harmless, irate and irrelevant, paranoid and purblind.

The left-wing blogs have to take a considerable share of the blame for this disaster. They were a crucial part of the in-group conversation by which the most partisan Democrats convinced each other that the country feared and hated George W. Bush as much as they did. This delusion – combined with the decision to nominate a man to whom haughty disdain came all too naturally – pushed the Democrats to mistake after mistake and blinded them to opportunity after opportunity.
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Frum goes on about the sheer political harm which the Bush haters are doing to their own party.

For really convinced Bush haters the entire Iraq war was about lining the pockets of Dick Chenny. The war on terror is an excuse to let John Ashcroft loose on your library borrowing records. Michael Moore is telling the truth and is being silenced.

The preferred way of referring to President Bush on the loonier lefty sites is as "the chimp".

Now, as more Americans become aware of the Democratic Underground/ex-Dean/Moore Democrats more are going to ask if they want to vote for a party which tolerated this sort of juvenile partisanship. Which is the question Karl Rove wants them to ask and which Daily Kos et. al. are puting in play.