Another Reminder Of Our Good Fortune
Never underestimate the willingness of the liberals to shoot themselves in the foot. Steve Cobble writes in the HuffPo
about the Christine Cegelis/Tammy Duckworth primary that I covered earlier in the week
.Despite Cegelis' role in helping Hyde-the-impeachment-man decide to give up, Hillary Clinton did a quarter-million-dollar fundraiser for Cegelis' opponent. John Kerry, who had so much trouble deciding whether he was for or against the Iraq War, was so sure he knew what was best for IL-6 that he did 2 mass email fundraising solicitations for her opponent, raising a couple hundred thousand. Obama did TV ads. Rahm conducted the orchestra. 11 very attractive mailings were sent out to regular primary voters. A couple Daleys chipped in a few dollars more. I could go on, and on, because essentially the entire Democratic Establishment--and even quite a few progressive groups that should have known better--helped stomp on Cegelis.
But when it comes to lessons, Cobble provides some amusement:If some more progressive groups will join them, we can win the next election like this one--which, imho, is Marcy Winograd's antiwar, anti-spying, pro-Wellstone -wing-of-the-Democratic-Party challenge to Blue Dog Jane Harman out in California (June primary).
Marcy's web site leads off with this line: "I will vote to end the war in Iraq and to bring our troops home. Harman will not." Q.E.D.
As I have said before, the netroots seem to relish beating insufficiently liberal Democrats more than conservative Republicans.