by Nathan Empsall, Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:36:06 PM EDT
This torqued me the other day. Politico's daily Congressional news e-mail, Martin Kady's Huddle, led off with this paragraph yesterday morning (emphasis added):
From Hawaii to Arkansas to Pennsylvania, Democrats have lost the ability to hand pick their preferred candidates.
And in West Virginia, the fallout from Rep. Alan Mollohan's primary loss is still sinking in, as the Washington Democratic establishment realizes it can no longer steer the primary outcomes with money and high profile endorsements.
By the end of this month, Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter may be out, and Hawaii may have a Republican congressman who owes his victory to divided Democrats.
Um, what? No sir, Democrats have NOT lost the ability to pick their candidates. They are GAINING the ability to pick their candidates rather than letting the DC establishment do it for them. To suggest that Washington rainmakers are the only real Democrats and that voters should shut up and listen is undemocratic with a lower case d, and exemplifies much of what is wrong with Washington. Washington does not (or at least should not) run the rest of the country; the rest of the country runs itself by choosing its own representatives and having them assemble together in a central city. Overly idealistic perhaps, but we'd be closer to that model if the MSM were on its side.
Let's put a further dent in the establishment mindset by promoting Joe Sestak and Bill Halter next week.