The Washington Times points out the enormity of the stakes for the super liberal Moveon.org in today’s Connecticut Democratic Primary:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Other than the candidates themselves, no one has more riding on today’s Connecticut Democratic Senate primary than MoveOn.org, a liberal organization at the edgy intersection of politics and the Internet.
With a victory for Ned Lamont, the group can claim a role in helping an anti-war challenger dump Sen. Joe Lieberman, who supports President Bush’s policy in Iraq and has the backing of Democratic Party leaders, including former President Bill Clinton.
A come-from-behind win for Mr. Lieberman would mark yet another setback for MoveOn in its parallel campaign — to strengthen its credentials as a force to be heeded by Democrats as they seek congressional majorities this fall.
Yesterdays Congress Daily PM quoted Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer on the issue of stem cell research and more. Responding to the near certainty that President Bush will veto a human embryo destroying stem cell research bill, Chuck Schumer said:
“It’s huge,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer of New York said Tuesday about the political ramifications for the November elections. Schumer said affluent moderate Republicans are opposed to President Bush’s and Republicans’ position on the issue, arguing that GOP candidates might feel a backlash from those “swing voters” in November.
“They hate Schiavo, they hate creationism and they hate that [Republicans] would stop stem-cell research,” said Schumer, referring to Republicans’ intervention last year in the Terri Schiavo case.
Perhaps moderate Republicans and swing voters can speak for themselves on this issue rather than having uber liberal Chuck Schumer put bombastic words in their mouths.
As the Senate Democrats’ top strategist in their efforts to win the majority this fall, Schumer said he would make extensive use of a Bush veto because the “American people don’t like ideologues” and “any party that aligns with the ideologues loses.”
You mean ideologues like this?
UPDATE: AJMAC at Do Justly annoints Schumer the “high priest of Darwinian progress” and comments:
If one is feeling charitable, one might attribute the Senator’s extraordinarily poor choice of words — was the reference to hating Terry Schiavo a Freudian slip? — to the urgency with which he purges his brain of unexamined assumptions and logical fallacies. But why must the man empty his head through his mouth, in public? The deluge of inartful prolixity afflicts all upon whom it falls with a confusion not unlike shock. And perhaps that is the Senator’s strategy: keep spewing nonsense until his hearers can no longer think straight.
Give the man credit. He is right to link the stem-cell bill with the Schiavo episode and the debate between intelligent design theorists (proponents of “creationism”) and Darwinists. Recently, those have been three of the hottest spots in the culture wars. Those episodes generally, though not in all instances, demarcate the boundary between those who believe that man is created for a Good higher than himself and those who perceive the Good as a meaningless human construct, and thus conclude that man has it within his power to direct his own “progress.”
Read the whole post.
This Newsbusters post about the downward spiral of the liberal blog Daily Kos is well worth the read:
It appears that the post-Yearly Kos month from hell is continuing for Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of the Internet’s premier liberal blog Daily Kos. After receiving some extremely negative press from major publications such as the New York Times, The New Republic, and Newsweek immediately following his seemingly successful bloggers’ convention in Las Vegas, Kos is now faced with an even greater challenge: dissension within his ranks.
Such internal squabbling comes at the same time that many prominent Democrats seem to be privately expressing concern about the direction the “netroots” – the self-described Internet grassroots movement of liberal bloggers and their loyal followers – are taking the Party. This seemingly inconvenient planetary alignment is not only threatening the long-term viability of this crusade, but also is putting Kos in an uncomfortable position just as his notoriety is skyrocketing.
The liberals on the net are foaming at the mouth over the possibility of defeating moderate Democrat Joe Lieberman in the CT primary. The Bull Moose blog explains their real agenda:
Over and over again, the lefty bloggers contend that their major objective is not an ideological one but rather a partisan one. They claim that they want to win. Badly.
The Moose begs to differ. It is not the goal of the left to prevail, but rather to purify. That is what the Lieberman Purge Attempt is all about. Actually, this is very much an ideological movement that is driven by a neo-isolationist, MoveOn.org, Pat Buchanan-lite imperative to rid the Democratic Party of the centrist hawks.
Of course, they do not intend to defeat them all, but rather send the Party leaders a message for the 2008 Presidential Primaries. By defeating Joe, they hope to intimidate the ‘08 wannabees into becoming compliant doves. They have already been successful with Kerry and Edwards. Who will be next?
The left is now precipitating a civil war within the Democratic Party. But, maybe not. Some centrist leaders who know better are already striking the colors. They are showing no fight. Some are caving in the hope of appeasing the fever swamp as they pursue other ambitions.
All of this is grand news for the Republicans. One would think that the big political story would be the GOP holding onto power for dear life. Instead, the new narrative that is emerging is about the national Deaniac left telling Democratic hawks to beat it. The lefties’ goal is a McGovernite party without the Scoop wing.
Let’s be clear - these bloggers are the left-wing equivalent of the Freepers. And, the leadership class of the Democrats is according deference to this left wing Freeper contagion.
Well, a lot of people do. But who are those people? And more importantly, do they really represent, as Kos and others in the “people powered movement” claim, a “broad cross section” of America?
A new survey gives us some insight into that claim.
Apparently Kos readers are older — 62 percent are above 45 while 34 percent are above 55. Kos readers are also affluent — 59 percent make over $75k a year. Also, the Kos readership is, not surprisingly, from Blue America, namely the east and west coast — 29 percent from the left coast with 17 percent hailing from the mid-atlantic coastal states.
John Hawkins has what I think is the definitive summary of this story about two of the liberal blogosphere’s most beloved darlings. In his summary Hawkins is more than charitable, giving Kos and Armstrong the benefit of the doubt. Of all the inferential evidence suggesting a possible link between payments Armstrong received and the sequential support of the Kos community for Armstrong clients Hawkins writes:
So, does this all point to a Kos/Armstrong backdoor deal? Although some of these maneuvers on Kos’s part are admittedly more than a little bit suspicious, it doesn’t mean that he’s on the take…
Put it all together and the most likely explanation would seem to be that Kos is good friends with Armstrong and pays a lot of attention to what he tells him. In other words, one of the fringe benefits of hiring Armstrong may be knowing that your consultant appears to have a lot of sway with the guy running the biggest liberal blog on the net. Now, if that was all there was to it, I wouldn’t bother to write about it.
But, in the course of reacting to this story, Kos sent out a missive to a private email list of liberal bloggers called “Townhouse” — and told them not to discuss the story. Wait a second…there’s a list of liberal bloggers out there where they discuss what stories are to be talked about and what stories are going to be ignored? Well, well, well.
Read the whole post if your interested in this blogosphere drama.