Lefty Bloggers Getting Resentful
John Aravosis articulates it well
here (caution; don't browse around that site--it's really quite vile):Now, I couldn't give a damn if someone criticizes me or us or you. That's not the point. The problem is that the right, and many inside the Democratic party, are hell-bent on portraying the Netroots as a bunch of far-left kooks. They want to make YOU the third rail of politics. Crazy people who shouldn't be listened to. This kind of a campaign, where the Netroots forces the Democratic party into fighting a battle it isn't prepared to fight, only helps convince the party, the media, and the rest of America that working with us, listening to us, is dangerous. And that doesn't help us accomplish our agenda one bit. Again, it's not about winning a popularity contest, it's about our voices and our concerns being taken seriously. I think this effort undercuts that.
Oddly enough, Aravosis writes this in an article that disagrees with the "netroots"; he comes out against the filibuster, or really the flubbluster that the lefty blogs are all pushing.
Meanwhile, Katrina Vanden Heuvel finds out
that it's easy to ride the tiger; the hard part is getting off. She suggests that the liberal blogs have chosen the wrong fight in attacking the Democrats' choice of moderate Tim Kaine instead of firebreathing John Murtha to give the rebuttal to the State of the Union.Liberal writer Ezra Klein (no Brad Pitt, last time I checked him out) vented that Kaine is "a squat, squinty, pug-nosed fellow." Even the invariably smart and strategic Arianna (Huffington) weighed in: "What the hell are they thinking?" She accused Democrats of picking "someone whose only claim to fame is that he carried a red state" when they need to make the case that "the GOP is not the party that can best keep us safe."
Well, you can imagine what happens next. Katrina Vanden Heuvel joins Tim Russert, Chris Matthews and Katie Couric in the liberal bloggers' doghouse
Hat Tip: Memeorandum
As Instapundit points out
, when even Joan Vennochi thinks
you're going too far in catering to your base, you're probably close to sailing off the edge of the world.