Blogging 5: constructing a rant
Atrios points out this idiotic column from Marshall Wittman, another of Al From's butt boys. Now it's not that anyone takes him seriously, but this is a good place to demonstrate how one rants online.
First, the piece has to make you genuinely angry. You can't just rant to establish street cred or to make a point.
Second, you have to have a clue as how to use words to make your point. You just can't string together obscenities and hope ideas pop in. You have to use words with some deftness. You also have to know exactly how far to take your anger. You can't call for someone's violent painful death or for them to contract an incurable disease.
Third, you have to be able to defeat his logic in a way that wins the audience, humiliates him and still makes a cogent point.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Grow up Bloggers
The Moose loves to cause heartburn for the ideoblogues.
The Moose grazes in the vital center. Unfortunately, much of the political blogosphere is utterly predictable. Whether they be the freepers or the kossaks, they dwell on the fringes of American political life.
Don't get the Moose wrong - there is much value in the on-line world. The Moose learns much from such thoughtful worthies as Josh Marshall on the left or Andrew Sullivan on the right. But for far too many of those who put fingertips to keyboard, there is an ideological rigidity that is appalling when it is not either profane or inane.
Lefties should have more humility and thoughtfulness. After all, they have not enjoyed power in many a day. Perhaps they should examine why. Has it been because their message hasn't been heard? Yet, through the blogosphere, the Dean campaign raised millions and mobilized many, but their political success was quite illusive. Michael Moore became a multi-millionaire with his tirade against the Bushies, but W. got the last laugh.
What the Moose would like to know was when was the last time a lefty won the White House - Kennedy, LBJ, Carter, Clinton? None of them truly stirred the hearts of the lefty faithful. Perhaps JFK did, but he won running to the right of Nixon on foreign policy. In recent political memory, only hawks have won the Presidency whether they are Democrats or Republicans.
The recent rage on the left is to heap scorn on Joe Lieberman. The Moose is honored to stand with Joe against the dogmatic idealogues of the blogosphere. And he wears their scorn as a badge of honor.
If the plutocratic G.O.P. is ever to be defeated, Democrats will have to win the confidence of the American people that they are a tough party that will vanquish our enemies. That is why Joe Lieberman is so vital to the donkey. If those on the left have their honest disagreements with him or any other Democrat, that is fair and to be expected. However, the Moose would argue that those voices on the left who would transform the party into a dogmatically left-wing party serve the wishes of Rove and company in a profoundly significant way.
The cyberspace lefties are the political progeny of those folks who screamed "Dump the Hump" and helped give us Richard Nixon. They are McGovernites with modems whose ancestors played into the hands of Tricky Dick. And now they are turning their backs in a juvenile pique on the President and one organization that helped win the White House twice in a row. Keep in mind that it was liberal over-reach and not the scorned Clintonian centrism that enabled the GOP to seize Congress in 1994.
History did not begin with the emergence of the internet. Grow up bloggers. -
I'd call Wittman a useless cocksucker, but that would insult cocksuckers.
Here's the deal, you useless bureaucrat and failed Republican, you are wrong. The GOP laghs at the Jew Lieberman and his pretentions to power. You don't think Brownback and Santorum think Lieberman is going to hell for being unsaved? Do you think they see him as anything more than a mark?
Of course not, dick for brains. Because there is no center. There is no center to work with. The GOP moderates are slapped around like a Romanian orphan. They are regarded as fools. They laughed at Christie Whittman and her book. What the fuck was she talking about. Moderates?
I don't think Joe Lieberman will be wearing that scorn so proudly next year when Dick Blumenthal is a well funded opponent. Because he's gonna face a challenge and it's not going to be a joke.
Did it ever, ever, cross your feeble mind that all your triangulation has failed badly. Remember Max Clelland. He worked with Bush. They destroyed him. They mocked his service record and said he was weak on terrorism. He lost his fucking legs and arm for this country and that is how they ran against him. That is what happens to people who listen to you: they lose, badly.
Tough? Well, what did the GOP say about John Kerry? That he was a liar and a coward, from people who knew better. That's what we got for that. Tough? Pro-torture is tough? Backing a failed war is tough? No, it is failure. The failure you continue to embrace.
How can the Dems gain the confidence of the voters? By not having assclowns like you run to Fox News and the WSJ to say how bad Michael Moore sucks. You know MoveOn and Moore dedicated money and time to get new voters to the poll, raised money for soldiers and tried to encourage grass roots participattion in the elective process, and all you assholes did was shit on them. They know Moore is on their side, and you aren't.
Democrats win when they stand for the people they are supposed to, not your Wall Street friends. But you walked away from them and they just stayed home. They didn't join the GOP, they just didn't vote and didn't care, even as they were screwed. Now you shit on the people who are making them care again. You treat them like interlopers when your record is a losing one.
Marshall, you have no power and no voice. Your views are that of the past, a failed past filled with defeats. Why should anyone take you seriously. We've failed your way for too long.
No, you useless fuck: you serve Rove like a fucking lapdog. As Bush is failing badly wioth social security, what does your boy Joe do? Talk about a "bipartisan" plan for shafting workers. That's where you go. More failure, more defeat.
And I love way you distort history, Sure, McGovern lost, but the 1974 election was a Democratic landslide moving the Congress to the left. People like John Kerry wound up winning seats in their wake. That's the legacy of McGovern and Clinton's win. But what did you assclowns do? Fuck it up and give away the Congress to the right. You said compromise and we got compromised right out of majority. Because of people like you.
We're grown up.
You need to shut up and sit the fuck down.
posted by Steve @ 12:01:00 AM