Friday, May 26, 2006

What's our beef with the "mainstream" Dems?

One common misconception is that the lefty blogosphere represented by DailyKos et. al. (including your truly) is that we desperately want the Democratic party to become more liberal. This would be nice, but it isn't really our main beef with the likes of Joe Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, the DLC, etc. Our main beef with them is that they don't stand up for the Democratic Party, and don't fight back against the Republicans. This article by digby paints a good picture of this frustration. It's ridiculous that Democrats are getting rolled, even on centrist issues where a majority of Americans side with them or could probably easily be persuaded to side with them. It's especially ridiculous when the Republicans are as unpopular as they are. The Dems in Washington seem so concerned about "maintaining civility", but that doesn't mean they have to give the Republicans a free pass as much as they do.
That's why we're supporting people like Ned Lamont in his primary challenge against Lieberman. I've contributed a small amount to this campaign, and I encourage others to do so as well.


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