We are not your friends
Here boy, come here
The sound of Democratic fury
Forget about it. Not only is e-mail too often a kind of epistolary spitball, but there's no way I can even read the 3,506 e-mails now backed up in my queue.
But the message in this case truly is the medium. The e-mails pulse in my queue, emanating raw hatred. This spells trouble - not for Bush or, in 2008, the next GOP presidential candidate, but for Democrats. The anger festering on the Democratic left will be taken out on the Democratic middle.
I have seen this anger before - back in the Vietnam War era. That's when the anti-war wing of the Democratic Party helped elect Richard Nixon. In this way, they managed to prolong the very war they so hated.
The hatred is back. I know it's only words now appearing on my computer screen, but the words are so angry, so roiled with rage, that they are the functional equivalent of rocks once so furiously hurled during anti-war demonstrations. They hurt in a different way.
I can appreciate some of it. Institution after institution failed America - the presidency, Congress and the press. They all endorsed a war to rid Iraq of what it did not have. Now, though, that gullibility is being matched by war critics who are so hyped on their own sanctimony that they will obliterate distinctions, punishing their friends for apostasy and, by so doing, aiding their enemies. If that's going to be the case, then Iraq is a war its critics will lose twice - once because they couldn't stop it, and once more at the polls.
Moralizing from the man who fucked his then friend Peter Jennings wife and was only caught when Sally Quinn wouldn't lie for him is a bit much. That didn't go in the memory hole, you know.
But whiny Mr.Cohen doesn't get that we're not friends. Just because he's not a reactionary doesn't mean he's on our side. He's on the side of the powerful and he just found out there
are a lot of people who will hold him accountable.
He seems to have forgotten Nixon cheated, for one thing,and that McGovern ran a horrible campaign. He was the one who wanted Daddy Bush, and is now shocked that people object to his long standing and craven defense of the war and Bush.
If he doesn't like the term lapdog, take it up with Eric Bohlert.
But the fact is that our readers are incredibly active. We don't have to tell them to write Cohen letters, most of our blog readers are college graduates or have advanced degrees. They hardly need out cheeto stained fingers to tell you what they think.
These are hardly hippie radicals with a little red book and che shirt, but professionals who have grown increasingly supportive of blogs and increasingly frustrated with tradtional media. They don't need our direction to object.
This isn't apostacy. These people think you aren't their friend, aren't on their side and actively support that which they oppose, namely Bush and his war.
posted by Steve @ 1:31:00 AM