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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Life According to Sirota

Well it seems that, according to David Sirota, I may be the next big thing for the Democratic party. Scary thought.

Conservative activist Grover Norquist once said about Democrats that "Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant. But when they've been 'fixed,' then they are happy and sedate. They are contented and cheerful." Sadly, if you read what some insulated, election-losing pundits who likely have little experience actually winning campaigns, you realize that Norquist has gotten his wish, and utterly neutered many who purport to speak for the Democratic Party and progressive movement.

Case in point is commentary by Mark Schmitt and Matt Yglesias. Neither's writing is surprising, especially not Yglesias's - for every decently well-supported argument he makes, he makes about five that have no basis in reality and that basically display both a fundamental lack of winning campaigns, and a fundamental disregard for ordinary people's economic concerns. Again, we shouldn't be surprised about this - he likely hasn't worked on a winning campaign, and from the confines of a cushy job in Washington, likely never has to experience the severe economic challenges ordinary Americans face on a daily basis.

Worked on winning campaigns? Check.

Job far from the cushy confines of DC? Check.

Has experienced the economic challenges that ordinary Americans face on a daily basis? Check.

Dean, Soechting, Casias... I'll be waiting for your phone calls. If only it were that easy.

To fully understand what the heck is going on, read Sirota's piece and then hop on over to Schmitt's, Yglesias' and Klein's. It's a little silly and childish, but there is some sort of decent argument beginning to take form on both sides. Although I will have to admit it's still leaving me a bit confused.

Ok, enough pretending that blogs rule the geopolitical debates of this country.