This was always my question about Ned from the very beginning: can he be brutal, and do it smiling? Can he order a political hit, for real, during the homestretch in a tough fight? Will he define Leiberman's character on Lamont's terms (ie, tell the hard truth)?
It's interesting the right wingers are talking about not falsifying history, etc.
We can be sure this is not because they care about lying, or because they want to do the right thing, or any other noble reason.
No. This is evidence of the cumulative efficacy of our many attacks on their character and lying natures. They don't want to take that hit again, not on this movie.
The reason people like Bill Bennet are bashing the movie is because they fear us and understand that we have been able to do real damage to them that is sticking.
Tipping points only look like tipping points because they make apparent in dramatic fashion what has already been ongoing for sometime, below the surface. The weakness of the right wing is becoming much more apparent this week, not only to us, but to the wider culture.
If Rick Perlstein or whomever writes the history of the contemporary progressive movement, this week could very well deserve close scrutiny, because this has indeed been a horrific week for the right wing. But it's been under lots of sustained pressure from us and from the fruits of their own failures for some time.
The issue is also one of Joe's millions invested in GOP GOTV, and the muddying effect of just having him on the ticket in the first place.
Furthermore, lack of clarity for Dem general election voters makes Lamont's message and GOTV effort harder to propel and sustain. If both Joe and Ned make claim to being Democrats, what do Democrats stand for? If the answer is, "not much," then that depresses Dem turnout.
The progressive left must articulate an approach to our relationship with Israel founded on progressive values while at the same time honoring Israel's right to exist.
At the same time, this does not require support for all of Israel's actions or policies, and this approach allows for the possibility of daylight between American interests and Israeli state interests.
Only progressives, acting from progressive values, are actually friends of Israel. We must make that argument and fight through the heat we take.
Thanks to Matt for taking this on. Great post, Matt.
Name some FDL reporting that was wrong. It wasn't perfect, but it was more right than anyone else out there, relying on Murray Waas. It was more right than WaPo or NYT, or any of the cable talking heads.
If you think FDL ever joined the Truthout bandwagon, then you only prove you've never been a reader of FDL.