Have The Netroots Gone Insane???
by John Mills, Wed Feb 15, 2006 at 07:21:51 AM EST
I remain so agitated about yesterday's post on re-electing Rick Santorum to send a message that I feel the need to post a diary. I feel that something has gone horribly awry here in the past few weeks. I am not sure if it is anger on the Alito confirmation, an early 2006 campaign lull or a full moon but we have gone from really good posts on strategy and politics to intraparty war.
This intraparty fighting reminds me of the scene in Monty Python's Life of Brian where Brian must remind the disparate anti-Roman groups their common enemy is the Romans, not each other.
<OUR COMMON ENEMY IS THE REPUBLICANS AND WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET IT.>
Rick Santorum - The idea that we would allow Rick Santorum to be re-elected to screw Chuck Schumer is absolutely insane. You don't like Bob Casey, fine raise money for and support his primary opponent. However, once the primary is over defeating Rick Santorum should be one of our top priorities!! He is a Senator with 12th century ideas who is the Senate head of the K Street project, is No. 3 in the Senate Leadership and wants to be PRESIDENT. This man must be stopped at all costs.
50 State Party - For months, Chris has posted that we should be a 50 state party and run candidates in every Congressional district. I am all for this but that means we must be tolerant of Dems who will not meet every liberal litmus test. Should we oppose Brian Schweitzer because of his pro-guns views, Dick Durbin because of pro-life views or Ted Strickland because of his mixed record on the environment? Of course not, but if we want to be a true 50 state majority party, we must tolerate Dems who are with us on many issues but will diverge on some.
Do you think a NYC liberal like Jerry Nadler can win in Charlie Melancon's seat? Of course not, but isn't it better to have Melancon than Billy Tauzin III? I sure think so.
Look at the Repubs. They tolerate moderates like Lincoln Chafee, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe because it allows them to be in the majority. Hell, Jim Jeffords was a committee chair when he was in the Repub party!!!
The major litmus test for this party should be to not criticize fellow Dems in public and there is only one major Dem I can think of who violates this rule.
Movements Take Time - We have been fighting the Conservative movement for almost 40 years and it has taken a long time for them to get this far on political spectrum. We cannot expect this to change overnight and we will probably need to make some compromises while pushing the agenda back our way. Think about the timeline of the conservative ascendancy.
Richard Nixon (1968) - After the Goldwater debacle, the Repubs went more centrist with Nixon. He was a foreign policy hawk but on the domestic front he supported universal healthcare through an employer mandate and created both the EPA and OHSA. He looks downright liberal today which is a little scary.
Ronald Reagan (1980) - Conservative through and through but definitely to the left of today's crowd.
Gingrich to Bush - The real right wing ascends pushing an extreme agenda which is starting to run out of steam.
If we want to change things, we need to gain power. Look at how the conservatives did it starting with Nixon through Bush. If you don't control things, all you can do is sit on the sidelines and throw bombs and shout.
Matt said yesterday that politics is about choices. It is also the art of the possible. This year, if we work hard and together, we could take one or both Houses of Congress in addition to winning on the state level.
I have one goal this year and it is to elect as many Democrats as possible in as many places as possible. Anything else is helping George Bush and the Republicans advance their agenda.