Thursday, November 04, 2004

This story from today's Los Angeles Times summed up for me what is fatally wrong with the liberal blogosphere when it comes to American politics.
Across the ballot this week, California showed why it has been called the Great Exception. . . .

"They are not sheep," Garry South, a Democratic political consultant, said of the state's voters. "They may not take the voter pamphlet and read it from cover to cover, but they do have a good visceral sense of what rings true to them."

The visceral sense has some distinctly Californian touches. The vote Tuesday reaffirmed a pattern in the state � moderation on social issues coupled with fiscal conservatism.
OK, back when I was a boy (the 1970s and early 1980s) this "pattern" was called "liberal Republicanism". This cocktail might work in the Sunshine State but it is positively fatal to the future of the Democratic Party nation-wide. While many on the left are patting themselves on the back for organizing an impressive "progressive" coalition to fight against the Shrub this year, the dominant voices in the liberal blogosphere are folks like Markos Moulitsas, Kevin Drum and Brad DeLong -- archetypal California liberal Republicans. Duncan Black and Matt Yglesias fit the mold as well, even though they live on the east coast.

Now if you think free-trading athiests are going to win the Dems the White House or the Congress, you need to drink the Kool-Aid now and save us all a lot of heartache.


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