Wow. Winning matters
by jayackroyd, Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 05:24:58 AM EDT
Chris Bowers, Kos, and, fwiw, myself look to have been wrong about the Lamont race being lose-lose for the left blogosphere. I just picked up the paper, and AdNags pretty much has it right. The Times editorial page pretty much has it right. Noam Scheiber (!) pretty much has it right. There's some pretty incoherent hand-wringing about the future of the Democratic party if guys like a young Harry Reid can't get elected to the State House, but otherwise it looks he's read and understood CtG.
Gail Collins' folk point out:
The rebellion against Mr. Lieberman was actually an uprising by that rare phenomenon, irate moderates. They are the voters who have been unnerved over the last few years as the country has seemed to be galloping in a deeply unmoderate direction. A war that began at the president's choosing has degenerated into a desperate, bloody mess that has turned much of the world against the United States. The administration's contempt for international agreements, Congressional prerogatives and the authority of the courts has undermined the rule of law abroad and at home.
Scheiber notes that this is a death knell for the single issue folks.
Under this old model, Mr. Lieberman was an all-star. He was a reliable vote on what Connecticut liberals care about: defending the right to abortion, fighting oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic, raising the minimum wage. When he did depart from Democratic orthodoxy, it usually involved attacking constituencies with little influence in his state, like Hollywood movie producers.
But over the last six years this old model has broken down. As anyone who hasn't been living in a cave knows, traditional Democratic interest groups have steadily lost ground to a more partisan, progressive movement skilled at using the Internet to communicate and raise money. The most visible faces of the new movement are the thousands of political bloggers -- and their millions of readers -- who delighted in panning Mr. Lieberman these last several months.
Now I don't expect the DLC to let up on its "internet commissar" talk. But they're now even more isolated, and more out of the picture. It really looks like this race may have shifted the narrative.