Blogging around: KOSsacks whining? Bush getting soft?

Bull Moose delivers another verbal smackdown to those he calls “the nutroots”  concerning last week’s Lieberman/Lamont debate:

The Moose celebrates the fighting moderates.

It is deeply ironic to hear the kossacks and their fellow travelers kvetch, moan and complain that Joe was too tough on their boy Ned. Apparently, they can dish it out but they can’t take it. Now, they are crying copious tears on their keyboards as it is evident that Joe Lieberman is going to aggressively advance his argument for the vital center.

Joe has emerged as a key leader of the battling centrists. They span both parties and their foes are the wingers on the right and the left. This hearty band of moderates will defy ideological purity and forge new alliances across the political spectrum.

As the Moose has indicated, the race in Connecticut is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Indeed, this is the critical political battleground for the vital center. There are no neutrals here. No CO status will be granted. Praise is due Senators Pryor, Salazar and Nelson for taking a courageous stand for the center!

The choice doesn’t have to be between Grover on the right and kos on the left.

Also pointed out by Bull Moose, David Brooks has written a column called “The Liberal Inquisition,” which also takes the KOSsacks to task over their attempt to purge the Democratic party of who they believe to be ideological heretics:

This isn’t a fight between left and right. It’s a fight about how politics should be conducted. On the one hand are the true believers – the fundamentalists of both parties who believe that politics should be about party discipline, passion, purity, orthodoxy and clear choices. On the other side are the quasi-independents – the heterodox politicians who distrust ideological purity, who rebel against movement groupthink, who believe in bipartisanship both as a matter of principle and as a practical necessity…

“The big story out of the campaign last week was the aggressiveness Lieberman has finally brought to his side of the fight. Over the past few years, polarizers have dominated Congress because people who actually represent most Americans have been too timid or intellectually vacuous to stand up. Even today many Democrats who privately despise the netroots lie low, hoping the anger won’t be directed at them.

Talking Points Memo puts several media outlets through the wringer for reporting that Bush is “shifting to a more enlightened foreign policy.”

Let’s nip this whole “Bush is shifting to a more enlightened foreign policy” theme in the bud, shall we?

Time calls it “The End of Cowboy Diplomacy” in this week’s cover story. A David Sanger piece in tomorrow’s New York Times is headlined, “Bush’s Shift: Being Patient With Foes.”

The sad truth is that the Administration’s foreign policy has run aground on the shoals of its own incompetence. As Kevin Drum noted last week, “the Bush administration literally seems to have no foreign policy at all anymore.”

The fact is Bush has boxed himself in, frittering away lives and treasure, and leaving himself with few options. He deserves no more credit for a policy shift than the man serving a life sentence who declares that he will henceforth be law-abiding.



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