My letter to The Economist

Since I've already posted a Dkos diary today, I figured I'd post here for the first time.  And the issue I'm posting about affects both communities.

So, personally, I enjoy the Economist.  I find it to be a much better publication than Newsweek or Time.  Where else can you read about current events in Guinea Bissau?

That said, the Economist had an article on the Lieberman primary that pretty much read like a hit piece on the left blogosphere, the netroots, and (specifically) Markos. ystory.cfm?story_id=E1_SDRGRVN  (subscription required)

Anyway, here is the letter I sent to the Economist.  Are there any points that I missed?

Dear Sir-
I was very disappointed with your piece on Daily Kos and the relationship between liberal blogs and Senator Joe Lieberman.  First of all, Daily Kos, by and large, represents the views of informed, mainstream democrats.  Kossacks, as they are known, have little use for the real far left.  It is an open community, and there are those on the far left, and there are bad seeds.  The site employs minimal regulation.  Now then, the left blogosphere's dislike of Sen. Lieberman goes far beyond his support for the war.  His real fall in popularity arises from his decision to support the privatization of Social Security.  This was very unpopular amongst Democrats of all stripes, and strongly opposed across the left blogosphere.  His fall was further precipitated by the view that he is the right's favorite Democrat.  He's often referred to as a Fox News (a cable news channel with an obvious far right bias) Democrat.  He did not help his cause by failing to support women's rights.  Specifically, Sen. Lieberman believes that taxpayer funded hospitals that are affiliated with religious institutions have the right to deny emergency contraception to rape victims.  Then, Sen. Lieberman voted for cloture (which blocked a filibuster) on Justice Alito's nomination.

These are just a few examples of the reasons why the left blogosphere is opposed to Senator Lieberman.  If he were wrong on a few of the issues, the left blogosphere would be very forgiving.  The left blogosphere, and Daily Kos in particular, is very pragmatic.  We are more interested in winning the Congress than ideological purity.  And that means allowing multiple viewpoints on issues from different candidates.  But the issues Sen. Lieberman is wrong on more than offset the issues he is right on.  And Ned Lamont has shown that he will be right on the issues that matter most.   That is why he gets our support.

Sen. Lieberman continuously works to undermine the interests of the Democratic Party while attempting to find some invisible 'middle-ground'.  It's no wonder that he has earned endorsements from such liberals as Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity.  

Thank you,
(name deleted for this post)


Tags: Daily Kos, economist, Lamont, Lieberman (all tags)



Re: My letter to The Economist

The only other thing worth mentioning is that Lieberman has fueled this fire with the way he's responded to Lamont. Rather than making a genuine effort to recapture the Democratic voters in his state, he's threatened to run as an independent and put out bizarre attack ads.

If Lieberman had responded to Lamont by making a case for himself on his own terms then I think he wouldn't be bleeding nearly as bad as he is. As it stands, he looks out-of-touch and... institutional.

by Ian Samuel 2006-06-28 11:34AM | 0 recs
Re: My letter to The Economist

good point.  I should have mentioned him threatening to leave the party.  

by JJCPA 2006-06-28 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: My letter to The Economist

I think you are overplaying the Kos angle. I have read the article twice as I am an avid reader of the economist. The article talked about the in fighting between the pro war and anti war bits of the Democratic Party. The theme underpinning that is the brawl between progressive and moderate dems. Kos got like 3 or 4 mentions so I don't count it as a hit piece on Kos at all.

I think also that you should refer to Kossacks as being from across the Dem spectrum as this is more accurate than sating mainstream. Kos, like the party itself is a very broad church.

Hope the letter gets published.

by BENAWU 2006-06-29 12:19AM | 0 recs
Re: My letter to The Economist

The article is far from the worst hit piece that has appeared recently, and Markos has gotten generally favorable press in the Economist (the review of Crashing the Gate was guardedly positive), but there were a few particular shots at DKos...But my main point was the unfair accusation that all we're angry at lieberman for is his Iraq stance.  If that was the only thing, then we'd be trying to throw out pretty much every dem this cycle.  

There was only one particular shot, but it was unimportant to the article, and felt like an attempt to smear, to me.

This was the last paragraph, where the writer brought up the killing of the security contractors in Fallujah.  He quoted Markos: "I feel nothing over the death of Mercenaries...screw them."  Now, Markos has had to deal, on and off, with this statement.  He said it, but to drag it up again and again, seems pointless to me.  The implication here is that Markos is some kind of radical anti-war protester.  The kind of guy who spat on Vietnam Vets back in the '60's and '70's.  

Nowhere is it mentioned that Markos is a Veteran. And the dead men are referred to simply as contractors (outside of the quote).  They were mercenaries, and, as a Veteran, Markos understandly dislikes them.  He fought for Country, they fought for payday.  

But the primary motivation for my letter was the mischaracterization of the anti-Lieberman forces being exclusively focused on Iraq, when he has, in fact, built up quite an array of offenses.

by JJCPA 2006-06-29 08:20AM | 0 recs


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