Claims of “hate-fests” and such are content-free STFU. Please let me know if and when I am wrong in my criticism of Digby, Atkins, et al.
As I’ve noted previously here, I started reading Hullabaloo again recently when I saw that bloggers worth reading kept linking to Digby as if there were valuable insights to be found on her blog these days.
I started to become active in comments there, and my comments keep magically disappearing.
Digby and Atkins are, as I see it, key shallow-enders, cultivating a low-enthusiasm veal pen for staying in the Democratic fold. I think that’s a big problem, as the progressive blogosphere–if it’s worth its salt–really ought to stand for a better politics than we’re getting from either major party. YMMV.
I’ve been following politics since I was a little kid. One of my earliest memories is the assassination of JFK. I remember writing a letter to Lyndon Johnson. I remember Bobby Kennedy visiting my home town during the 1968 campaign. One of my neighbors was excited because she had shook his hand. A few days later he was murdered.
Four years later I got to see George McGovern give a speech from the caboose of a train on a “whistle-stop” tour. That summer I watched the Republican and Democratic conventions. A year later I watched the Watergate hearings.
I voted in every election since I turned eighteen. When I was young and dumb and full of shit I voted for Ronnie Raygun, but for over twenty years after that I voted yellow-dog Democrat. During the nineties I campaigned for Bill Clinton and other Democrats.
I discovered the blogosphere somewhere around 2005 and by 2006 I was a regular visitor. Back in those days Left Blogistan was fairly united in opposition to George Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress.
Somewhere around the end of 2007 something happened. Like most of you I saw the place I called home on the internet suddenly become a hostile environment for anyone who did not support Barack Obama.
I’ve never seen anything like it before or since. Although there was no physical violence it was scary and intimidating. The only thing I can compare it to is the Sturmabteilung – Hitler’s brown-shirt bully-boys of the 1920’s and early 30’s.
According to the Obots Hillary supporters started it and/or were just as bad. That is total bullshit. There is not a single blog in existence that was created as a refuge for Obama supporters who were driven away from other blogs by Hillary supporters. The Confluence was one of several blogs that were created as refuges for Hillary supporters.
You have to admit that the Obots were successful in purging dissent from most of the large and medium blogs in Left Blogistan. But many of us have long suspected that the phenomenon was not spontaneous and natural. I believe that it was part of a sophisticated astroturfing operation and that the Obama campaign was behind it.
Fast forward three years and there is trouble in the Koolaid Kingdom. The dream of a Magical Unity Pony has turned into a nightmare. Real ponies don’t oink.
Three years ago those specialists at marketing and mass manipulation were able to sell Obama to the public in large part because he had no record to speak of. Even Obama admits this.
“I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”
This brings us back to what VastLeft said.
In order to win reelection Obama does not need to recreate the
cult-like following enthusiastic support he had in 2008, he just needs to avoid a contested primary and then get more votes than whoever the Republicans nominate.
The only possible way for him to recreate the
cult-like following enthusiastic support he had in 2008 would be for him to keep his campaign promises. That ain’t gonna happen even if he wanted to and he doesn’t want to. He never did want to.
There was a brief effort last year to convince people that Obama is the most successful Democratic President in recent history but that went over like a lead balloon.
Most Democrats will go every which way but owning up to Obama’s deep conservatism. He had to do what he did. It takes time. The Blue Dogs done him wrong. Look, over there, racists! Accepting that The First Black President is a child of Reagan is unthinkable, and thus must be unthought.
If one did dignify and accept that thought, too many other unsettling thoughts would follow. So, Dems of a more realistic stripe move ever-more toward the shallow end of the pool. But, in the manner of Zeno’s paradox, they won’t close the deal. They won’t come out, even though the water is demonstrably very far from fine.
Thus it is with the most lukewarm religious apologists. They’ll doubt, they’ll criticize, but they won’t renounce.
To win reelection Obama needs to keep Democrats in the pool. That requires that the voices of anyone suggesting that people leave the pool and vote 3rd-party or for a Republican be silenced.
After silencing/purging genuine dissent you replace those dissenters with quislings who seem to encourage dissent but whose real job is to keep as many people in the pool as they possibly can.
What’s the secret to keeping them in the pool?
“The Republicans are worse!™”
Knowledge is power – don’t let yourself be manipulated. The man behind the curtain is not a wizard. He’s a Qualitative Research Consultant.