Tuesday, September 25, 2007

David Brooks Defrocks Moulitsas in New York Times

Rarely do I agree with anything that David Brooks says, but here I do, and so I'm going to quote him and encourage you to read his entire article.  Today, David Brooks is changelling Francis L. Holland, and may even have made reference to the Truth About Kos  (Brooks uses Markos' last last name "Zuniga" even though Markos detests it because it connects him to his Salvadoran oligarchy family and their receipt of monies from the US Government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC):

( . . . ) The fact is, many Democratic politicians privately detest the netroots' self-righteousness and bullying. They also know their party has a historic opportunity to pick up disaffected Republicans and moderates, so long as they don't blow it by drifting into cuckoo land. They also know that a Democratic president is going to face challenges from Iran and elsewhere that are going to require hard-line, hawkish responses.

Finally, these Democrats understand their victory formula is not brain surgery. You have to be moderate on social issues, activist but not statist on domestic issues and hawkish on foreign policy. This time they're not going to self-destructively deviate from that.

Both liberals and Republicans have an interest in exaggerating the netroots' influence, but in reality that influence is surprisingly marginal, even among candidates for whom you'd think it would be strong.

Several weeks ago, I asked John Edwards what the YearlyKos event was like. He couldn't remember which event I was talking about, and looked over to an aide for help.  ( . . . ) New York Times

Although I rarely agree with David Brooks, I am also very, very sick of the fawning press that states' rights advocate Markos C.A. Moulitsas has received.  After all, were it not for the Fourteenth Amendment that limits "states' rights," gays could be prosecuted for engaging in consensual heterosexual sex in their own homes.  "States' rights" is the rallying cry of the Klu Klux Klan, not progressive Democrats.

Truth About Kos

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