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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Accountability And The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

Man, I loves me some Three posts over the last week are proving that the firepups are committed to hold the Democrats' feet to the fire. I'd like to start with Jane's post on Sean Hannity's paranoid meltdown, in which he gets personal and accuses Jane by name as being part of an evil plot to radicalize the Democratic party (video above or at the post.) First of all, she starts with one of my favorite quotes (which I used to have over my desk when I had a job, which did little to endear me to my masters):
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." — Gandhi

Go read Jane's post, in which she engages in righteous Shadenfreude.
I can't remember a more rewarding moment then opening up the above clip to find Sean Hannity spending ten minutes on his television show attacking me, the Democrats and MoveOn. The fantasy he embroiders whereby the Democratic Party is being overrun by an elaborate left-wing conspiracy funded by George Soros is a bit of a hoot, but he does get one thing right when he quotes Eli Pariser - "It's our Party. We bought it, we own it and we're going to take it back." And I like to believe that thought is what's keeping Sean regular today.

Personally, watching the clip, I think Hannity's nailed it. It's not our fault that the truth frightens him into tinfoil hat shrillness.

Then, about a week later, she posts again about lefties banging on the Democratic representatives to keep them honest.
Antiwar Groups Use New Clout to Influence Democrats on Iraq

WASHINGTON, May 4 — Every morning, representatives from a cluster of antiwar groups gather for a conference call with Democratic leadership staff members in the House and the Senate.

Shortly after, in a cramped meeting room here, they convene for a call with organizers across the country. They hash out plans for rallies. They sketch out talking points for “rapid response” news conferences. They discuss polls they have conducted in several dozen crucial Congressional districts and states across the country.

Over the last four months, the Iraq deliberations in Congress have lurched from a purely symbolic resolution rebuking the president’s strategy to timetables for the withdrawal of American troops. Behind the scenes, an elaborate political operation, organized by a coalition of antiwar groups and fine-tuned to wrestle members of Congress into place one by one, has helped nudge the debate forward.

Ouch - eh, Hannity?

And finally, Howie Klein has made the command decision to out the first non-performing Blue America candidate today:

We don't expect the men and women we support to necessarily support the same position we do on every single vote. But even in the short time Chris Carney has been in Congress, he has moved further and further away from all the other Blue America endorsees who won seats.

In terms of supporting progressive issues in general, he has established himself at the bottom of the barrel among the freshmen, along with candidates we chose not to endorse, like Jason Altmire (PA), Rahm Emanuel's Heath Shuler (NC), Nick Lampson (TX) and Brad Ellsworth (IN). Some of us were disappointed but none of the writers at DownWithTyranny, Firedoglake or Crooks & Liars chose to castigate Carney. And then something happened that has made us decide to speak up. We realized Chris Carney lied to us.

This is great stuff. Finally, real pressure from the people who supported the candidates with money and time and votes, rather than having them in their sealed deal-making bubble. I hope this keeps up.

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