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I notice the "pros" over at Open Left somehow can't manage to attend Netroots Nation and blog at the same time -- call me crazy, but isn't that exactly the level of skill you'd expect from a professional? -- and so they're rerunning "Golden Oldies."

Well, at Corrente we're always willing to help a former English major out, and so here's a Golden Oldie from Chris Bowers that Open Left hasn't gotten around to, yet: May 2008's "Changing of the Guard," -- which, in everything but its career "progressive" triumphalism, has proven to be laughably, ludicrously wrong. Oh well.

You'll find a running critique of other Golden Oldies from Bowers here. Put down your coffee.

NOTE Corrected "it's" typo. Friggin greengrocers, they get in everywhere.

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Dan in CA's picture
Submitted by Dan in CA on

You're a sadist for making us read all those again.

Seriously, though, the one thing I figured out about Bowers during his monologues with himself about being a pragmatist is he only wants to be on the winning side of things. For years he did virtually no blogging on healthcare reform, then when the establishment of the Democratic Party decided to go full bore for healthcare legislation, he jumped onboard with his "advocacy." Same thing with financial reform. He hangs around on the sidelines to see who's most likely to win, then jumps on the establishment's coattails and tries to claim credit for being some kind of realist and getting things done.

What he doesn't seem to want to admit to himself is that the establishment doesn't need him. His blogging is basically all about him.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

He said

We should see a shift from the more corporate and triangulating policy focus of the Democratic Party in the 1990's, and see it replaced by whatever centrist, technocratic policies are the wonkish flavor of the month.

He was full of shit about going away from "corporate and triangulating policy focus"--its now worse than ever. But what struck me is the "flavor of the month" comment and the reliance on "think-tanks". In other words, an authoritarian view point or at least one that relies and "betters". (Note also how "centrists" like Lieberman were decried by Bowers' ilk but now that's what the Dem party will be about. Anyone who trusted Bowers after that point did so at their own peril.) This is a lack of intellectualism and these folks shouldn't be considered intellectuals. Relying on others is the opposite of intellectualism.

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Submitted by madamab on

I thought the deal was that you read Bowers so the rest of us don't have to. Are you altering the deal, Lambert?

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Submitted by Aeryl on

It's horribly regressive, but it's a guilty pleasure of mine.

"Who's got two thumbs, and betrayed his best friend? This guy!"