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July 21, 2005

I Hate SoxBlog

Because this dirty little bastard writes cool pieces and gets them published by the Weekly Standard.

Mocking the left's self-designation as "the reality-based community," SoxBlog rejoins with an article about actual American voters called "The Electoral-Based Community," and notes that the goofball left of the Democratic Party is actually taking bloggers quite seriously.

And that's, you know, not a good thing. Sure, I'd love the ego-stroke of a conservative politician asking for my political advice, but I don't think he's going to get too far with the Ace of Spades go-to plan of calling an opponent a "douche-tool" or "stupid fucking bitchwhore."

But lefty politicians are taking just that sort of advice from, let's face it, blithering idiots from the sinistrosphere, and SoxBlog doesn't think these attempts to court the 600,000 goofiest and angriest and most left-wing dipshits in America are likely to produce any W's on the scoreboard:

The Democratic party, on the other hand, errs in precisely the opposite fashion as Trudeau. While Moulitsas recognizes that the left-wing blogosphere is a world unto itself, if establishment Democrats have any awareness of that fact they have yet to betray it. Where Trudeau feels bloggers are a bunch of shut-in half-wits, the Democratic party seems to be under the impression that bloggers are an enormous, important constituency--and that it must go to whatever lengths necessary to win the hearts and minds of this virtual community.

THIS SEEMS LIKE A MAJOR MISCALCULATION, because the politics of the left-wing blogs are far out of the American mainstream. Where most of the 120 million Americans who voted in the last election bear a benign indifference to political matters, the left half of the blogosphere seethes with hatred for George W. Bush and his supporters. What's more, the blogs take numerous positions that would strike all but the most passionate Democratic partisans as patently preposterous. For example, several of the left-wing blogs recently ran an advertisement that referred to West Virginia Senator and former Ku Klux Klan Kleagle Robert Byrd as an "American Hero."

Also, the level of discourse on the Daily Kos and other prominent liberal blogs is not something that would be attractive to the majority of the American public. The writings are often obscene and usually relentlessly hostile and negative. Crude personal attacks, whether aimed at right-wing bloggers or politicians, are the order of the day.


And yet mainstream Democratic politicians are desperately trying to ingratiate themselves with Kos and his audience. A Who's Who of top tier Democrats have written "diaries" for the site, including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and Ted Kennedy. The above listed politicians, and their less mainstream colleagues (think the John Conyers/Louise Slaughter variety), are constantly romancing the Kossacks.

More ominously--and more to the party's detriment--its leaders have adopted the blog's hysterically shrill style as their own. For instance, Ted Kennedy's diary for the Daily Kos adamantly demanded "accountability" for Iraq. When you've entered a realm where Ted Kennedy is a straight-faced champion of accountability, you know for sure you're in "a different world." [NOTE: this term is in quotes because it's one of Kos' pet phrases.]


Yet the kowtowing continues. What makes the endeavor ridiculous is that Moulitsas and other left-wing bloggers want substance: They don't want their rhetorical style aped--they want a politician to champion their far-left views. And yet the Democratic party has adopted the juvenile patois of the left-wing blogs without any corresponding shift in position, so they continue to pitch their woo in vain. These stylistic makeovers are transparent and therefore unsuccessful; the left-wing blog readers presumably see as clearly as anyone else that Harry Reid is an unconvincing firebrand, Ted Kennedy is not a credible champion of accountability, and Robert Byrd is a preposterous nominee for American hero.

As I've said before: the GOP has well-earned its nickname "The Stupid Party" through the years, but it appears that the Democrats have begun coveting that designation.

Eh. Democrats are naturally more faddish than Republicans, and always more clumsy about trying to seem "hip to what those crazy kids are doing these days."

Howard Dean just couldn't contain his pride at saying his favorite song was "one you never heard of" by Wycliffe Jean, whoever the fuck that is, John Kerry thought he was pretty cool miming smoking a doobie at a Peter, Paul, & Mary-fronted fundraiser, Al Gore wore Dockers and a inadvertant fifth-grade unruly erection for the cover of Rolling Stone.

And Harry Reid & Co. now think it's cool to traffic with people who call US contractors "mercenaries" ("screw them... I feel nothing" about their murders) and everyone to the right of Adlai Stevenson a "Nazi."

They can sort of get away with it, because the Mainstream Media, ever on guard against "extremism," just isn't very interested in left-liberal extremism, for some odd reason about which I wouldn't even dare to speculate.

They can sort of get away with it... for now.

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