Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Enemy Isn't Only Republicans

It's no wonder that the Repugs refer to the DLC as the "sane wing of the Democratic Party." After all, the DLC basically are Republicans themselves:

Nobody said it better than London Mayor Ken ("Red Ken") Livingstone, a leading leftist. Though openly critical of Tony Blair for his support of the war in Iraq, Livingstone was eloquent and unequivocal about the terrorists. Pointing out that London had been chosen for the 2012 Olympic Games partly because 300 languages are spoken in his city, Livingstone said the jihadists' "cowardly attack" was aimed not "against the mighty or the powerful, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners. Black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindus and Jews, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, class, religion whatever."

If only we could hear such moral clarity from our own party's left! Instead, we heard from Daily Kos, the ur-liberal ur-blogger, whose blog included a cheer for, among others, outcast Labourite George Galloway, who blamed the attacks on Blair's Iraq policy -- and was roundly denounced by virtually all British politicians. "See, Democrats? That's how it's done," lectured the blogger ignorantly. Likewise, Matt Yglesias, an articulate liberal voice at The American Prospect, who belittled Marshall Wittmann's call for moral clarity as a phrase never used "unironically" anymore. No wonder Democrats are perceived to have a values problem.

First off, it's hilarious to hear a DLC hack praising Red Ken Livingstone, who is off to the left of any wing of the Democratic party. Also, he evidently missed the fact that lefty bloggers of all stripes condemned the attacks while realizing that the war in Iraq has simply made things worse. And, as Atrios discovered, the post they condemn was not written by Kos at all. Figures.

The DLC needs to be flushed out of the party. We'll see what a warm welcome they get from their "buddies" the Repugs. Losing Hillary in the process would be a nice little bonus (via).

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