Let the civil war on the left begin:
The Obama campaign’s point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president’s position on the debt deal and bashing the Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere.”
If you ever needed a reason to stop paying attention to Paul Krugman, here it is:
If we discovered that, you know, space aliens were planning to attack and we needed a massive buildup to counter the space alien threat and really inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months. And then if we discovered, oops, we made a mistake, there aren’t any aliens, we’d be better –
In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Tribunal,”* we’re introduced to the Cardassian system of what they call “justice.” I was powerfully reminded of this episode (which is one of my favorites) during the last week.
In the Cardassian system, the accused is automatically guilty, and the only reason for the trial is to allow the criminal to make an impassioned confession, in order to teach the populace the folly of going against the wishes of those in power. The sentence is also pre-determined, and is usually death.
Now, consider the immediate–and erroneous–attacks against Sarah Palin, the Tea Parties, and others that don’t follow lefty orthodoxy in the wake of the Tucson shooting. Even before we knew the name of the shooter, people such as Paul Krugman were already trying to blame Mrs. Palin. And when she attempts to defend herself, she’s then castigated for doing so… after all, the elite has already determined her guilt, why would she attempt to argue that she’s innocent? All she was supposed to do–at least according to the Cardassians in the Dinosaur Media–was confess and confirm to the little people the wisdom of the elite.
Fortunately for us, and for Chief O’Brien (the accused in the DS9 episode), facts are stubborn things, and the more we learn about what happened, the more the elite story is breaking down. And the more it’s breaking down, the more the Cardassian Media Trial Machine is working to smear the accused.
Unfortunately, it’s really not likely that the Cardassians in the Dinosaur Media will learn the lesson that presuming guilt is bad, because, let’s be honest, they’re not going to admit that they were ever wrong. So the Cardassian-style Trial by Media will continue. Be prepared.
And with this, I am hoping and praying that I can stop writing about the Tucson shooter, at least for a while. But I just had to get that off my chest.
* If you’d like to see the episode, a couple of people have broken it into segments and posted it on YouTube.
When you lose Paul Krugman, you’ve probably gone a long way to losing the so-called “progressives,” especially when he writes something like this:
According to news reports, the Obama administration — which seemed, over the weekend, to be backing away from the “public option” for health insurance — is shocked and surprised at the furious reaction from progressives. Well, I’m shocked and surprised at their shock and surprise. A backlash in the progressive base — which pushed President Obama over the top in the Democratic primary and played a major role in his general election victory — has been building for months. The fight over the public option involves real policy substance, but it’s also a proxy for broader questions about the president’s priorities and overall approach.
But there’s a point at which realism shades over into weakness, and progressives increasingly feel that the administration is on the wrong side of that line . . . It’s hard to avoid the sense that Mr. Obama has wasted months trying to appease people who can’t be appeased, and who take every concession as a sign that he can be rolled . . . So progressives are now in revolt. Mr. Obama took their trust for granted, and in the process lost it. And now he needs to win it back.
The amazing thing is that many conservatives (including yours truly) felt the same way about George W. Bush, though the issues and policies differed. If you look at how those sort of feelings hurt the GOP in the last two elections, it’s not too hard to see very rough sailing for the Democrats in the not-too-distant future.