Saturday, October 17, 2009

Washington Examiner's Byron York Bashes the Left

Byron York, a writer for the Washington Examiner, has written an article that blasts liberal bloggers and claims that their activism could harm the Democrats. Chicken Little lives!

My favorite part of York's article quotes an anonymous (of course) "Democratic strategist" who observes that:
These are the same people who have never participated in, much less won, a campaign, who have no idea what it takes to maintain a majority and keep a speaker of our party, who want Obama to kowtow to the loony Left, and then they're going to be the ones who say, 'What happened?' in November 2010, when we lose the House and possibly the Senate and maybe a lot of governorships.
Given the abysmal performance of Democrats in national politics since 1964 -- especially in the White House -- this so-called strategist could use a long look in the mirror. York's essay reads more like an attack on progressive political platforms -- rather than an honest effort to advocate more successful political strategies.


Anonymous said...

Bryon York is a pretty straight arrow I presume that you are not implying that he is making it up?

The problem is the far (or if you prefer progressive) left has a point, they put their heart at soul into the Obama campaign and democratic efforts for victory and are playing Leonard Hofstadter to the party's Leslie Winkle.

If you feel used for quick satisfaction it's because, well you have been.

As I wrote in an unrelated post today on the race in NY 23th race it's all about keeping the status quo of privlidge. The difference however is the positions of the progressive left are not conducive for winning national elections. If that was not the case then this president wouldn't have run as a moderate.

I think the solution is simple: since you believe that I am incorrect in my assessment then your best move is to attempt to persuade the general public of the correctness of the positions of the left.

Considering the friendship of a media willing to fact check Obama skits on SNL but unwilling to fact check Rush Limbaugh quotes this should be possible.

Once you have achieved this then the party will not have to run from you.

Unfortunately for both of us our parties know that the other side is unlikely to give us what we want so until the republicans and democrats are replaced by the "Conservative" and "Liberal" parties we will both just have to make do as best we can.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Quick satisfaction? I am not sure any substantial innovation in society was achieved quickly. No - I am not used to quick satisfaction. Critique keeps people true to their words.....

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

PS: Factchecking comedy sounds a bit odd to me. But Rush is not the president. I do not believe that Obama's and Limbaugh's words deserve equal treatment in the media. Limbaugh is extremely less relevant from a political standpoint.

liberal dissent said...

The democrats have learned that when they run from the left--or even appear to be running from the left--they lose. Obama and his supporters seem to have decided that ideological purity isn't worth constant right-wing government. Even the Bush administration failed not because they didn't implement health reform or other progressive planks, but just because they were immoral incompetents to the point where everyone eventually realized it.

Aeneas said...

Ah... we're eating our own now?

I guess the Chicago political machine--worthy heirs of Al and gang--has not heard about the right for free speech and the Constitution given right to bellyache whenever one pleases about whatever one pleases. The methods of this administration are becoming more and more distateful and childish. Many of us are right now submerged up to their nose in disappointment. Don't make any waves or we'll drown!!

Yup... the new political wave: radical nihilism (just kidding...)

Aeneas said...

As for fact checking SNL--yeah, that was pretty pathetic and made CNN/Blizter look like schmocks (which they are on occasion.) But, no, it is not equivalent with checking Rush L. Limbaugh is a private citizen who took a hit in business. (Actually, they may have done him a favor...)

On the other hand, their parroting of whatever is being said out there without checking--Rush or anyone else--is symptomatic of CNN's sloppy journalism of late.

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