HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES – AT 7:04 P.M. There is deep upset on the left fringes of the Democratic Party. Seems Obama isn't lefty enough, and the party still allows....centrists to come to meetings. What's next? Fascism? From WaPo:
...as Netroots Nation, a conference of 2,100 liberal activists, opened here Thursday, it was clear that anger among some prominent progressives is still raw -- and it could imperil some Democrats this fall.
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos blog and an organizer of the first such annual conference five years ago, said he and his followers are disinclined to help Democratic candidates simply to preserve the party's big majorities.
"There's a lot of Democrats I'll be happy to see go," Moulitsas said in an interview. "I'll celebrate when Blanche Lincoln is out of the Senate. There is a price to be paid for inaction and incompetence. We're not getting much done with 59 [Democratic senators], so if we're down to 54, who cares?"
Too soft, Markos, too soft. Only the guillotine will do. I love these voices of reason.
Moulitsas went on to suggest that a smaller Democratic majority in the House might be better for advancing a more progressive agenda. "If 20 Blue Dogs lost their seats, nobody's going to care," he said. "That's their problem and I'm not going to cry about them. To me, a more cohesive caucus might be a better deal moving forward than one in which the Blue Dogs need to be appeased."
Right on! To the blade! To the blade! Who are these people who reflect their constituents' values? Scum!
"Progressive doesn't necessarily mean Democratic," said Arshad Hasan, executive director of Democracy for America, the liberal grass-roots advocacy group founded by former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean.
Right. Take your five followers and stomp out, the way the lefty kooks did on Truman in 1948. We know how that wound up.
The would-be Leninists ran a candidate in the Dem primary against Blanche Lincoln, only to see him shot down, with the help of Bill Clinton.
"It's tough to see someone you've believed in betray you in a big way," Green said of the former president. "We need to pick our heroes. . . . I think it would be sad if we went through this entire conference without calling out Bill Clinton for what he did."
I love it when they argue among themselves, don't you? And, of course, America is just clamoring for a Democratic Party farther to the left. Everyone knows that.