Thursday, June 29, 2006
Liberal Bloggers Becoming Political Spin Machine?
The has a new Kurtz column up, and it must be read.

"There will be a struggle. The establishment won't simply lay down their arms and run into the waiting arms of the netroots and ask for forgiveness. It is hard to get people out of a pattern they're used to. On the other hand, there will be a lot of pressure on the bloggers hired by campaigns to serve their new employers faithfully."

R.J. Eskow isn't wild about the idea:

"While I'm happy for Peter -- she's not the anti-Christ, for God's sake! -- I would be insulted at the idea that the substantive differences that I (and many others) have with Hillary can be resolved through some sort of outreach program . This member of the 'online community' is not going to be persuaded by some 'Internet game plan' that her stand on Iraq, and defense issues in general, is anything but a) unprincipled, and b) poor political strategy.

"I sensed a split in the online progressive community some time ago. On one side of the divide are the Democratic Party activists, who tend to emphasize party unity and success above all. Many of them (though by no means all) are actively pursuing careers in the party, including campaign consultancies. On the other side are issues-driven activists who are motivated by core concerns, chief among them opposition to the war in Iraq."

is right on with this observation.

I’m not sure why, but I really don’t like the idea of liberal bloggers joining political machines. In the end, they will just end up another spin machine – and Gawd fuckin’ knows, we don’t need any more spin machines.


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