Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Core values (again)

OK, I read these two comments from some pretty prominent voices on the left side of the Democratic Party today. The first from MoveOn. org (via mass emailing):
In the past weeks, Republicans and Democrats have called on President Bush to nominate a moderate for the Supreme Court—someone who would honor the legacy of independent Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. But last night, President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts, a far-right lawyer and corporate lobbyist, to fill her post on the Supreme Court.
The second from Markos Moulitsas:
Bush could've chosen a moderate in the O'Connor mold, and he could've kept the pretension that the GOP isn't extreme, isn't out to eliminate hard-won rights. He chose otherwise.
O'Connor a "moderate"? An "independent"?? Note that these descriptions aren't designed to put on a face for the national media; these communications are to supporters on the left. I'll quote Nathan Newman who said it best:
It makes me nauseous hearing various Democratic leaders lauding Sandra Day O'Connor as a great heroine of moderation. Yes, she made a few token bows on social issues, but her time on the Bench has been one of unmitigated hostility to working people.
Newman said this over a week ago and MoveOn.org and kos are still calling her "moderate". How can I help but believe that the only core value of Democratic Party liberals is abortion on demand?

UPDATE: Just this afternoon I received yet another email, this time from John Kerry with the subject line being "No Sandra Day O'Connor!". The first two sentences are:
This much is clear already. Judge Roberts is no Sandra Day O'Connor.

Last night we learned that President Bush wants to replace a woman who voted to uphold Roe v. Wade with a man who argued against Roe v. Wade, and that sends a clear signal that this White House remains bent on opening old wounds and dividing America.
It's not just liberals in the Democratic Party; it's the leadership as well. Nauseous.

4 Comments:

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous cap'n redneck said...

General,

You're onto 'em. Kos and his kind don't give a damn about anything other than: A) the cultural values of the average denizen of oh, Saulsalito and B) making money and leveraging power from those in the DC Dem elite who won't play ball with them via the lemmings who think Kos, Armando et al are actually interested in fighting for the little guy. They're the 21st century political equivalents of Haight-Ashbury headshop proprietors and slumlords.

Be careful though. With talk like this, Kos is liable to sic one of his Roy Cohn's like DHinMI or Armando on ya with charges of anti-semite, racist homophobe like he done with Antiwar.com. Though he didn't have the guts to pull the same on AP.

As a great admirer of GK Chesteron, I like this blog a whole bunch. Please let me know if, that said, I am not welcome here or my views give too much ammo to the hateful technocrats who would love to shut you down. Imagine its hard for them to take somebody who can go toe-to-toe with their smug asses on the Tobin tax and yet believes in "the sky fairy." And I'll gladly lurk off if that makes it more likely you keep stickin it to 'em. Meantime just wanted to let you know somebody out here actually agrees with ya on the rancid class bias and hatred for any religion of stronger grade than that of your average Burlington VT Univerisalist among most of the the Central Committee of leftwing blogistan.

Peace

 
At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Tom Geraghty said...

General, as one of those "social liberals" who has dissented on some of your past social issue blogging, I must admit you and Nathan are right on the money on this one. It's amazing how quickly economic and labor issues are forgotten by (too) many elite liberals when push comes to shove. It's going to be tough to create a winning coalition for Democrats with this kind of thinking.

 
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