A Tale of Reid , Roemer and and a Lean to the Right
by ringmaster, Tue Jan 11, 2005 at 09:23:44 AM EST
Pinch me. Am I dreamin? OUCH! Guess not. But can it be true? First a moderate pro choice Senate Minority Leader from Red America is easily elected by his brethren (and sistren) and now both that same leader and the uber politico House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosivic, back Sooner Tim Roemer for DNC chair?!? Roemer? That red meat Dem just this left side of Mad Dog Zell Miller? Somebody pinch me! OUCH! Stop that!
Seriously folks, what do these developments portend? Could it in fact be that as we opine a reactionary realignment is being hatched behind the beltway? Methinks it could. And methinks it signals a less than subtle attempt to preserve the power and influence of the DC Dem machine. Can't beat the Party devolutionists, co opt em. And co opt them by tacking hard right and backing red heartlanders. And tellingly, backing heartlanders with decidedly pro-life bents.
Behold the writing on yon wall, oh my bloggerdly comrades. The party fat cats are apparently not going just to sit by while a bunch of overpaid and under-occupied carpal tunnel sufferers storm the Bastille. They're manning the ramparts. They will not go quietly into that good night. Go ahead, make their day.
And perhaps the barons of the beltway are correct in their rather dismissive assessment of the netroots' prowess. After all the whole nation, nay the world was witness to the wired ones' vaunted champion, Howard the Bellicose's, humiliating defeat when finally tested in the heat of an actual contest. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! cried good Howard as the fatal blow struck home. So no surprise that as they see Dean riding forth once again, the Barons deridingly shout "is that the best ya got?!?". Is it indeed.
So as ye, The choir of the Kos, sing to one another self indulgent praise of your bard's eloquence and your rhetoric's power, know this. Wisely or no, the DC Dems aren't afraid of you. Your mutual admiration society of the disaffected left has just been "left" behind. Your hot Air America propaganda is now seen as the price, not the source of renewed democracy. Welcome to the limbo of irrelevancy. There's some cheap seats open in the back.
Now let me say this about that. The ringmaster is decidedly centrist (and thus imminently relevant). But as a centrist let me state outright that Tim Roemer's far too much a right side lean for my comfort and taste. I still strongly favor a Fowler or a Rosenberg chairmanship and have said as much. But given the choice I'll back a Roemer over a Dean because Roemer is closer politcally to the future path of this party. Howard Dean, though once a proud centrist New Dem governor, now represents the impotent wing of the Democratic party. And where the rhetoric and delusions of that wing currently are, there also lies continued defeat and minority status.
The message is clear my friends. Wake up and smell the latte. DNC chair race results aside, the party's done headed right. Get on board or get left behind.
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