Markos Moulitsas apparently wishes to lead the movers of garbage out on strike for better working conditions*.
In a remarkable post [link removed**] yesterday, Moulitsas, founder and publisher of the progressive community site DailyKos, celebrates the departure from the Senate of 10 moderate Democrats over the last decade, and makes clear his hope that Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) lose their tough reelection battles this year. He doesn’t name some other moderates in tight races, like Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), but his logic suggests that he’d be only too happy to say goodbye to them as well.
It is odd when I and… what passes for a ‘leading light’ among online progressives… agree on something, but here goes: I’m happy to see all those moderate Democrats go, too. Largely because they – as Politico*** ruefully, and I gleefully, note – mostly got replaced by more conservative Republicans. I’ll make that trade every day and twice on Sundays.
So, um… thanks?
PS: Markos Moulitsas’ perennial problem has always been that he envies the ability of conservatives to dig in our heels and get what we want, while refusing to recognize that the reason that we can do that and progressives cannot is that there are a heck of a lot more conservatives than there are progressives. I’m not seeing here where he’s learned any better.
*Seriously, if you do not recognize that literary allusion on sight then I heartily suggest that you go buy The Mote in God’s Eye RIGHT NOW and read it. You will almost certainly find it a better use of your time this morning than reading my site would be, frankly.
**I will link to David Nir, because he’s a solid election researcher who has unaccountably decided to remain under the dKos umbrella; David is, in fact, too solid to ignore. But Markos generally… eh.
***Well, the Politico writers were rueful. It’s highly entertaining to read somebody who has to pretend that economic/policy disasters like the stimulus, Obamacare, and – this is a good one! – Dodd-Frank**** were just jim-dandy. Especially since the GOP happens to be campaigning successfully on all of those.
****Notice how both of those guys aren’t in Congress anymore? I assume that Dodd-Frank was really some sort of ornate practical joke that went tragically, epically wrong.