Kos, Cry Babies and Nadarites
by RichardFlatts, Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 07:37:25 AM EST
I have heard or read very little from liberal muckity mucks last evening, or this morning, about the total collapse of the Democratic base in yesterdays elections. What was more important on the to do list yesterday than stopping by the polls to cast a vote? I did however catch Kos, linked to via the Huffington Post, crying and whining and making excuses for the failure of the base to turnout.
If this guy is supposed to be one of the leaders of the liberal movement, then the liberal movement is in trouble if you ask me.
Kos let the whining and crying begin. "If you abandon Democratic principles in a bid for unnecessary bipartisanship, you will lose votes", he writes. Gee, it took conservatives 40 years get to the point where they were ready to cut off their noses to spite their faces. People like Kos want to seriously do better than that! They can get there in just 2 years.
Another gem from Kos, "If you water down reform in favor of Blue Dogs and their corporate benefactors, you will lose votes." This is similar to his first point. It's more of the same childish 'I'm not getting my way and I'm gonna take my blankie and go suck my thumb' bullshit. Nothing worth doing in our government has ever been done quickly. That is just cold hard fact. It is reality. Wingnuts are the supposed to be the ones who can't deal with reality.
The last of 3 points made by Kos is just dumb. "If you forget why you were elected -- health care, financial services, energy policy and immigration reform -- you will lose votes." Seriously, this guy is supposed to be somebody in the liberal movement? Seriously? Last I checked all those items are high on the agenda. Last I checked Democrats in Congress - liberals and moderates alike - are working hard and expending political capital to move these items. Kos makes it sound as if they are off working on other things and have back burnered this stuff. They haven't.
I sometimes admire the Republicans. They never lose sight of their goal line. They always are ready for a fight, if for no other reason than to take it to someone with a (D) in front of their name. They know that when a Democrat wins it is bad news for them, it is a lost opportunity. Granted after 40 years, this may be ending, the Republican kook fringe may be splintering off. But do liberal Democrats want to copy that behavior now, after Obama has been in office for just 11 months? After we've controlled Congress for only a couple of years?
Are the Nadarites who cried that there wasn't a "dimes worth of difference" between Al Gore and George W. Bush set to make a comeback? Do we really forget that quickly?
I have another theory why the base didn't show up. Maybe the base is just lazy and complacent and thinks that showing up in 2008 was enough. That they'd won and President Obama would make all well overnight. It doesn't work that way.
Think about what was lost in Virginia. You have 8 years of hard fought Democratic efforts by Warner and Kaine that will now be at the mercy of a Republican Gov who was allowed to win without so much as a fight from the left. I thought Tim Kaine was one of the good guys? Is that the best way to honor his efforts?
I really hope some people pull their head of their asses and realize that a movement is not a sprint, they are marathons. By working and organizing and fundraising and attacking Democrats for 40 years Republicans came within a Bush / McCain of their dream of being able to stack the Supreme Court with a far right majority for decades. What could liberals accomplish if we fight just as hard for 40 years and never lose sight of the goal line?