I don’t know about you, but over the past week or so, I have become thoroughly fed up with the way the Democratic Party seems determined to tear itself apart.
With good-to-excellent chances for Senate seat switchovers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Montana, and Tennessee (at the minimum), and the possibility of numerous Republican-held House seats changing hands, what is it that the "netroots," the "establishment organizations," and the Beltway powers that be choose to wring their hands over?
With George Bush getting a week of excellent news but still barely reaching 40% approval, what competitive race is it that fills the internet? What race is it that prompts the "Daily Kos" faction to implicitly (and often not-so-implicitly) declare war upon the DSCC for some very ill-judged remarks by its head, Senator Chuck Schumer?
What race is it that prompts this mean-spirited, name-calling diatribe from the DLC, a screed that uses the same terms as such blogosphere bottom-dwellers as Michelle Malkin–but against members of their own party?
What race is it that causes otherwise (I would hope) sane, rational people to attack each other, while a newly-freed Rove looks on in sheer glee?
Wake up: We’re doing that (insert choice word here)’s job for him.
Honestly, people, this is utterly absurd. The bottom line is this: No one is "entitled" to a seat by virtue of currently occupying it. If Connecticut’s Democratic primary voters decide to replace Joe Lieberman, that is their Constitutional bloody right and their own decision. Not Markos Moulitsas’s decision, not the blogosphere’s, and not "leftist extremists’." –Unless certain organizations wish to insult the Democratic electorate of an entire state, that is.
And if they decide to keep him, it doesn’t mean that the net activists are somehow powerless and insignificant. If they–no, if we–are so insignificant, why is it that major political figures now blog, and keep up with the internet goings-on?
Let’s all just handle this like adults, please. There are wars out there to which we should devote our anger and rage. This isn’t one of them. Let Connecticut Democrats do what they will do, and respect it.
One prop here: The Ned Lamont campaign has impressed me for thus far staying out of the mudslinging and immature games. That is not something that can be said for the Lieberman campaign, the DLC, or, for that matter, many elements of the liberal blogosphere.
You’re not doing yourselves any favors, netroots. Make THEM look foolish and puerile, not yourselves. Rise above it.