Bloggers on the center and right often lump the “nutroots” together, to portray Daily Kos as a radical left-wing fringe composed of anti-theists, communists, and terrorist sympathizers. A few months ago, the Commissar wrote an entirely wrongheaded dystopian story about a totalitarian US led by Kos, Jane Hamsher, Amanda, and PZ. That’s old news; I criticized the story on UTI almost right after it was published.
The reason I bring it up now is because for the past few months, the liberal and Democratic blogospheres have seemed to collude, but are now starting to drift apart. When Lamont ran against Lieberman, the Democrats supported him because Lieberman was pro-Bush, and the liberals did because he was a pro-war religious fanatic. But now that the Democrats have won and their top strategists are spinning it as a victory for waffling centrism, the schism is returning.
Now Pam has a story about Dean possibly being replaced at the DNC. I’m all for replacing Dean, but not with Harold Ford, a fundamentalist who embodies the ideal of the excessive moderate, who has no concrete ideas about anything but screwing gays and atheists.
I also predict that once the new Congress convenes, the split will deepen. The Democratic majority will probably raise the minimum wage and pass a few symbolic measures about competence. At least, that’s what the Democrats trot out when people point out to them that they have no ideas to campaign on. Everything else will continue as before: the US will stay in Iraq and continue saber-rattling with Iran, the Senate will continue ratifying trade agreements where the idea of free trade is only reflected in the agreements’ names, gays and atheists will continue being second-class citizens, and Congress will keep supporting bills that screw the poor and shred civil liberties. The Democrats will like it; the liberals won’t.