Milt Shook over at Please Cut The Crap has a great post up titled “10 Things All Progressives Should Understand for 2014 and Beyond.” I strongly recommend reading it. It’s common sense, pragmatic, and straightforward. In that vein, I’m revamping a post that was part of a series back at the end of 2011, the “Politics for the Far Left” series. I’m doing that not (just) because I’m lazy, but because I’m seeing many of the same … idiotic … statements reappearing that I saw back then that caused me to write it in the first place. Continue reading
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One of the earlier targets I had here on this blog was a group we used to call “firebaggers,” or the left’s equivalent of the Tea Party. They had similar tactics and a lack of facts, without the political organizing and voter mobilization the Tea Party had. The term came about because most of them inhabited a site called Firedoglake, egged on by it’s owner, Jane Hamsher.
I have spent more time than I wanted on things she and her minions have done, including delving into some of her finances.
Milt Shook over at Please Cut The Crap posted a great primer for “the far Left,” titled “Politics 101 for the Far Left: Lessons #1 through #9.” It’s a revision of an earlier posting, but I strongly recommend reading it. It’s common sense, pragmatic, and straightforward. Reading through the comments, it’s rapidly apparent that the purity brigade didn’t get it. In fact, they ran over and promptly posted a set of diatribes right out of any purist/firebagger/emoprog/frustrati talking points. Then came Jonathan Chait’s “When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?” where he said:
liberals, on the whole, are incapable of feeling satisfied with a Democratic president. They can be happy with the idea of a Democratic president—indeed, dancing-in-the-streets delirious—but not with the real thing.
Which led to “rebuttal columns” mainly discussing how disappointed liberals were with the current President, and complaining that Chait hadn’t spent his entire article on that instead. Thus proving Chait’s point.
One of the terms you often see thrown around over at various “progressive” (quotes intended) sites like FireDogLake is “ObamaBots.” The term is usually applied to those who support the President even if he’s offended Jane Hamsher, Glenn Greenwald, or one of the other bloggers/commenters at the site. Being offended by the President is their usual state, because after all, they have to have something to do. The implication is that they are “independent-minded” people who are not just repeating talking points like a robot, all appearances to the contrary. The most shrill is the owner, Jane Hamsher. Recently, she’s been getting more and more out there (which is saying something), and it recalled an … interesting … exchange I had over at Rooted Cosmopolitan at the end of June .
Recently, on several blogs, and principally Daily Kos, there has been push back from some about the criticism they’re receiving from many other progressives. What they say, either overtly or walking around it, is that they’re just “demanding that people stand firm on their principles.” Yes, they want Democrats to emulate the Tea Party Republicans, and never compromise. Those of us who accept compromise as a part of the process are considered “weak-spined,” “appeasers,” and “compromising for the sake of compromise.” Right. As if they’re such sterling examples of “standing firm.”