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Monday, July 10, 2006

Quote of the Day: do Dems despise their netroots?

That's what David Brooks of the New York Times claimed on PBS Friday night, referring to the intense anger by the left-leaning Blogosphere in the direction of people like Connecticut's Joe Lieberman.

This morning, NRO's Jim Geraghty notes the Brooks comments, and asks:
if Brooks' anecdote is true . . . how sad is that? How could I entrust a Democratic lawmaker to stand up to al-Qaeda, Iran, North Korea or some other angry extremist, if he or she won't stand up to Daily Kos?


  • At 7/10/2006 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    David Brooks is no more a Democrat than Ben Westlund is a Republican. He is not qualified to speak on behalf of Ds.

  • At 7/10/2006 6:36 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Brooks wasn't speaking on behalf of Ds, he was making an observation about Ds. And his observation apparently was based on conversations with the Ds that he speaks to. Here's what he actually said:

    I find privately most of the Democrats despise those people because of the way they practice politics so viciously that they don't want to get in the crosshairs. And they don't want to offend the liberal base of primary voters . . . Even today many Democrats who privately despise the netroots lie low, hoping the anger won't be directed at them.”

    And how does the your opinion that he's not a Democrat equate to your insinuation that he can't convey information about the party? Can only soldiers discuss the war? Can only women discuss abortion? (Careful -- if so, then the seven-man Supreme Court majority in Roe is void.) Can only black people discuss civil rights issues?

    Oh, and by the way, you never dealt with the actual issue: do Democrats despise the netroots or not? And how do you know?


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