Lieberman, CNN & the Peril of Weak Opposition
by arenwin, Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 08:48:26 PM EDT
I'm not sure if this clip has been noted elsewhere on the site, because I've been unable to follow the discussions today in detail. But as of right now, 12:30am on Thursday, there's a front page video clip which is headlined: "Dems to blame for Brown hire?" I've placed a screen shot in extended.
You read that right. Not "Dems share blame." Simply, "Dems to blame for Brown hire?"
So of course, my first reaction was, this is outrageous. The "liberal" press has once again failed to appreciate their role in truth-telling and fact finding. In their search for "balance" in reporting - which seems to mean making it look like there are two equal sides to everything, even if one side is patently and demonstrably absurd - they've screwed us again.
But the problem is, stripping away the completely unfair headline and going to the meat of the story, they've got a point. They're talking about the shameful fast-track confirmation of Arabian Horse Association Brown to FEMA when Lieberman was chairing the hearings.
So, my second reaction was: what a perfect example of the political consequences of behaving like a weak opposition.
The weak Democratic opposition made it possible for CNN writers to post this grossly unfair headline.
The opportunity was there to look carefully and ask questions of this nominee. The opportunity was missed. And now, as usual, the entire Democratic party ends up tarnished, with reporters assigning them some of the blame for Bush's mess. Even though Democrats didn't nominate Brown, or promote Brown. Just like Iraq. Just like may happen with Roberts.
Accountability is blurred, where it should be clear. Because distinctions between the Democratic and Republican (especially Bush-Republican) approaches to governing were hazy, where they should have been clear.
On one hand, I'll be writing to CNN, and saying, how dare you?
On the other hand, I'm saying to the Democrats: with your role in this, you failed the party, and you failed the country. Start acting like you mean something, and people will start voting for you.
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