A Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy said…

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.

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27 Responses to A Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

  1. votermom says:

    I feel for Vast Left because I am pretty sure he meant his moniker to be ironic, and not a suggestion for a strategy to be adopted.

    I believe that it was part of a sophisticated astroturfing operation and that the Obama campaign was behind it.

    I wonder if we will ever get the tell-all book on that, years from now.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Honk, honk.

  3. ralphb says:

    Big Loud HONK!

  4. ralphb says:

    Hill Dems pick apart Obama jobs plan

    “Terrible,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. “We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.”

    “That offset is not going to fly, and he should know that,” said Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu from the energy-producing Louisiana, referring to Obama’s elimination of oil and gas subsidies. “Maybe it’s just for his election, which I hope isn’t the case.”

    “I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit-reduction plan,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), discussing proposals to slash the debt by $4 trillion by overhauling entitlement programs and raising revenue through tax reforms. “That’s better than everything else the president is talking about — combined.”


    Looks like they are going to cut loose from Obama and hope he sinks on his own. Is 14 months enough lead time before the election to prevent a Dem route in both houses of Congress?

    • Dario says:

      It’s too late to cut loose. The only hope the Democratic Party has is to tell Obama not to run, but even that may not be enough.

  5. vastleft says:


    Yes, the name VLWC is ironic (and a little bit aspirational, as in wishing the left had some little-seen ability to get things done).

    I’m personally disinclined to see orchestrated conspiracies around every corner.

    I think most of the things we see in the bullshitting blogosphere are matters of tribal / status quo incentives and expediency.

    That said, there are some trouts in the milk that deserve at least some rigorous questioning, such as how a phony policy like “public option” suddenly comes to completely dominate Professional Left discourse on HCR. And, of course, how a conservative like Obama became heralded as a progressive messiah… and how anyone who spoke up to complain was hung out to dry at best.

    Finally, if one were to characterize as a conspiracy whatever’s behind progressives’ continued support for Obama, the last thing it should be called is left wing.

    • votermom says:

      Finally, if one were to characterize as a conspiracy whatever’s behind progressives’ continued support for Obama, the last thing it should be called is left wing.

      I once would have agreed with that, but isn’t that a bit like Christians disavowing misbehaving Christians by saying they are not true Christians? (Replace Christian with any other ism or ology)

      I think that the progressives claiming that they are leftists, and what seems to be their belief that they are leftists, means that they do in fact constitute what is part of the left these days. The fact that the old-stye left will squabble but refuse to completely part ways with them reinforces that.
      I personally think they are authoritarian leftists with much tribalism and no commonsense.

      PS trouts in milk sounds tasty 🙂

  6. Georg Felis says:

    This is shaping up to be a weird election season. We have a highly-unpopular president who cannot be dumped from the Democrat ticket without upsetting the Loyal Base (r.e. the fanatics). We have an upcoming Republican candidate who has been a Successful Governor (because the Republicans seem to have run out of moderate ancient disabled war veterans to run against popular mid-term young presidents, which of course worked so well for Dole and McCain, therefore they have to fall back on competence and skill, aww too bad.) We have a lackluster economy which continues to lack luster no matter how many tax increases, regulations, and mandates the Democrats try to stuff down its gullet to make it grow. (Hint: You’re watering the plants with Brawndo. Stop it.)

    If the Democrats get pasted as badly as it is starting to look, the entertainment portion of the show will start about when the pasting seems inevitable to even the most clueless, will hit a crescendo around November 2012 , and will devolve into a sobbing and pouting episode to rival even the most dedicated teenage girl who has just been dumped by their boyfriend.

    Lemmie get the popcorn. The salt will be provided by the tears of the Socialists.

  7. trist says:

    I agree that next year will be weird and wild! And as I don’t really want either choice we’ll be given, I don’t have to worry about who wins. I can just sit back and watch the show, freak show that is. Of course I do expect to see something I used to cringe at on results night, a sea of red blanketing the US map. But in the bizzaro world I’ve often felt we’ve been in since 2008, I don’t think I’ll even mind seeing THAT this time.

    I WILL take a few glorious minutes to celebrate seeing Obama go down in what will probably be the biggest loss in election history, but hey it’ll STILL be historic so he should be happy about that, before I realize what’s coming next. Ah well, c’est la vie!

    Great post BTW! ^_^

  8. HELENK says:

    what the democratic party did angers me for many reasons
    One putting in position to do the most harm to my country a person that would do so.
    Also i do not like the idea of one party in control of all the branches of government. The democratic party by their actions in 2007 made them unacceptable to vote for. That leaves one party because right at this time in history there is not a strong third party that would really represent the people of this country.

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

  9. Dario says:

    Voting for Obama is not an option. My next choice is to vote Republican, but I’m open to vote third party is the nominee is as unacceptable (Newt?) as Obama, and that’s difficult to imagine.

  10. HELENK says:

    got this in an e-mail this am. It started my day with a laugh

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