As per my earlier post today, we're now commencing the Brain Rage/American Power blog war; I don't have a lot of time to go into a great deal of detail but I just wanted to call attention to a small but obvious faux pas by my opponent. Marc Ambinder posted this at the Atlantic today:
Conservatives find it absurd that Americans are about to elect the most liberal president of the modern era and aren't terribly upset by it; but in capitalizing on this particular argument of Obama's, the Republicans are rearguing whether some form of economic redistributions from white people to black people was necessary -- even though Obama never really made the point.After posting the same quote above, Don had this arguably erudite rejoinder:
Who among the conservative establishment isn't "terribly upset" that Barack Obama's the most far-left Democratic nominee in American history?Do you see the obvious disconnect here? Leaving the points about black/white relations and Obama's economic class analysis aside, Ambinder's point wasn't that the conservative establishment wasn't "terribly upset" that America is about to elect "the most liberal president of the modern era" (and isn't it a convenient talking point that whoever is running on the left is always demonized as "the most liberal" something or other of any era); his point was that conservatives "find it absurd" that Americans are about to elect this guy and that AMERICANS don't seem terribly upset by his liberalism.
Rush Limbaugh? Nope, couldn't be him. How about GOP Senator George Voinovich? Nope, he must have lost the memo. Couldn't be John McCain, either, right?
...It's not only disingenuous to argue that conservatives aren't worried about Obama's socialism, it's outright journalistic malpractice to assert that there's no economic class analysis in Obama's 2001 public radio statement.
As I've written before, I've visited Don's site and from the things I've read in the comment sections I can assure you that his readers do indeed find it absurd that America is about to elect Barack Obama as our next president and they are also terribly upset by that fact, in addition to a myriad of other things which do not even remotely resemble facts. I more than anyone understand the need to go off on a rant Don, and I don't begrudge you that inclination; just make sure you know of that which you speak.