Thursday, January 05, 2006


Sometimes blogging is a particularly frustrating experience.

You sit out here in the internet hinterlands writing a gazillion words that a few brave souls dare to read. But once in awhile, you actually get ahead of the conventional wisdom. You're certainly not the only one out front. But you're one who gets out in front of the mainstream.

This is one of those times.

I've been writing about messaging. A lot. You don't have to go far into the archives to find me ranting about the importance of Democrats de-wimping themselves. My support of Paul Hackett over Sherrod Brown is almost entirely based on the fact that Paul Hackett "gets it". I'm leaning toward Russ Feingold right now for the same reasons. Americans are afraid (you could write a book about this topic) and are desperatly looking for reassurances and bravery. Bush and the Republicans have been fueling that need, albeit on purely political grounds while Democrats have played "me-too". By that I mean, the G.O.P.'s not promoted bravery, they've exploited fear for personal gain, while the Democrats have been largely silent.

The liberal blogosphere is finally starting to promote the theme of bravery. Atrios has a post today promoting a piece by Glenn Greenwald and mentioning a post by Digby and Kos about the whole "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" thing.

Aside from my "told ya" moment. I wonder why it's taken so long (Digby excluded)? 9/11 is now nearly five years old. Patriots are just now starting to stick their heads out of their hidey holes and saying, "hey, let's stop being such frady cats and be like our forefathers.....brave". The blogosphere is usually way out front of the media on such issues. And yet, the mainstream bloggers are just now starting to push this theme.

Makes me wonder?


At 12:13 PM, Blogger Marla said...

IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME! I have long been a Democrat myself, but when I realized (not too long ago, actually) that the BACKBONE of the Democratic party had completely VANISHED, I started referring to myself as "Moderate". (Only for lack of a better term...because I'm sure as hell not a Republican or Libertarian!) I'm ready to be proud of the Democratic party again!


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