This will be a short post – supper isn’t going to cook itself – so let me cut to the chase: the recent freaking out by the Left-sphere over Mitt Romney’s vicious and unprovoked attack on Obama (otherwise known as “directly quoting him”) pretty much demonstrates that they actually share the Right’s belief that the media is biased in favor of liberals. How do we know this? Simple: their reaction to an unexpected stimulus. Apparently, nobody on the Left actually planned on them being hammered by the media for the stuff that Obama says – first on Bain, and then on this entire You didn’t build that piece of pseudo-populist fluff that the President’s running on.
With me so far? Good. Now, here’s the thing: how is the Left reacting to the media showing what they would consider to be a conservative bias? Logic suggests that – if they really believed that the media was not biased towards the Left – then they’d react to a perceived media bias against them the same way that we would: with a certain anger, but no real shock. Instead, we’re getting the political equivalent of this: Continue reading #rsrh How #p2 inadvertently confirmed their own belief in a liberal media bias.
I am not really that into making a long, involved production out of this post – life goes on, and I have a full day scheduled – so just let me cut to the chase. If progressives and liberals want to be effective activists, then they need to stop telling themselves that they are the vanguard of a populist movement and start becoming one. Which they will not wish to do, because it’s a simple truth that the basic principles of progressive and liberal thought are not really a comfortable fit with the mindset and philosophies that this country generally defines as being ‘populist.’
This would bother me, except that it doesn’t.
(H/T: Instapundit) The Economist has the right idea about the problem that the Left is having right now:
The other reason to doubt whether Occupy Wall Street will become a tea-party movement of the left is its fixation on protest. But Zuccotti Park is not Tahrir Square and America is not Egypt. It is not even France. In France street demos are tolerated, sometimes glorified, as a way to blow off steam and win the attention of deputies who neglect voters or forget their election promises.
America is different. It is, indeed, the sort of democracy that some people in Tahrir Square lost their lives asking for. With endless elections and permanent campaigns, it is exquisitely sensitive to voters’ wants.
The tea-partiers grasped all this. They, too, took to the streets. Some strutted about in tricorn hats. But at the same time they learned their way around the machinery of elections and how to scare the bejesus out of any candidate they did not like.
Continue reading The Left’s protest trap.
Well, not yet – but when you start blaming shadowy conspiracies for your problems (which is what the Left is doing right now), you’re going to eventually end up talking about the Jooooooooooooos. It’s the tertiary stage of conspiracy thinking, and once you reach that point, there’s more or less no hope for you.
Anyway. Here’s Michael Gerson, with his quote:
When an ideology stumbles, its adherents can always turn to alcohol – or to conspiracy theories. It is easier to recover from alcohol.
Mostly because very few people actually want alcoholics to stay on the sauce. But you can always find a group ready and willing to enable conspiracy thinking – particularly, again, if they can get you on the path of blaming it all on the Joooooooooooooos.
Via somebody or other; there was a conspiracy today to feed me decaf, so I’ve lost track.