Liberal bloggers spend most of their time fantasizing about defeating insufficiently liberal Democrats
Those goals are the basis of the recent campaign that I helped launch -- along with progressive bloggers such as Jane Hamsher and the Blue America PAC -- to target selected Democratic members of Congress who have been responsible for some of the worst acts of complicity and capitulation. The campaign we launched, which raised over $350,000 in a very short time largely from dissatisfied progressives, has run multimedia ads criticizing the likes of Blue Dog Rep. Chris Carney and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, despite the fact that neither has a primary challenger and despite the fact that Carney is quite vulnerable in his reelection effort this year.
It's not my business to tell the libs what to do, but this is really, really stupid. Targeting non-liberals in swing districts makes no sense. If, say, San Francisco had a moderate representing it, I could see liberals targeting her.
Update: Andrew Sullivan has a guest blogger
from the odious American Conservative that Greenwald links to approvingly who says:
Bizarrely, it is those on the left who most want to pursue a real progressive agenda who are criticized for imitating the sort of lock-step partisan loyalty to political leadership that typified the Bush years, while those who are content to enable and collaborate in the worst abuses of the administration are the pragmatic and reasonable ones. This is the absurd, imaginary world in which Ron Paul and Russ Feingold are extremists and Joe Lieberman and John McCain are "centrists"--no wonder the arguments defending that world make no sense.
If you don't think that Ron Paul and Russ Feingold are extremists, it's probably because you're way out on the fringe yourself; not that it's surprising from a writer for Pat Buchanan's mag.