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Annals of career "progressive" idiocy

Consider this a Netroots Nation special!

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Because "Changing of the Guard" from Chris Bowers is such an, er... seminal post -- it marks the turning point where the access bloggers came out as a class* -- I keep returning to it. I'm sure Bowers will get round to recyclposting it for his "Golden Oldies" series, but for now let's compare and contrast.

McClatchy, 2010-07-22:

Apparently fearing conservative attacks that it was anti-white, the administration of the nation's first black president rushed to dismiss [Sherrod] without asking to see the rest of the video or waiting to learn other facts about her.

Bowers, "Changing," 2008-05-08:

Obama has all the markers of a creative class background, from his community organizing, to his Unitarianism, to being an academic, to living in Hyde Park to shopping at Whole Foods and drinking PBR. These will be the type of people running the Democratic Party now, and it will be a big cultural shift from the white working class focus of earlier decades. Given the demographics of the blogosphere, in all likelihood, this is a socioeconomic and cultural demographic into which you fit. Culturally, the Democratic Party will feel pretty normal to netroots types. It will consistently send out cultural signals designed to appeal primarily to the creative class instead of rich donors and the white working class.

So, given Sherrod, was Bowers right or wrong? On the whole "cultural signals" thing?

NOTE * That is the intent of the "Changing of the Guard" metaphor. And after the "creative class" helped Obama's faction take over the D party, they proceeded to royally fuck up HCR, haven't done squat on FinReg, haven't done squat on housing, and are only now coming to understand that 10% nominal (20%) real unemployment just might be a problem. Actually, that's it's not a problem, but a policy. Ya know, I think just a smidge of criticism/self-criticism might be in order. Is there a panel for that?

NOTE And speaking of unvetted videos, there's a pattern.

UPDATE Sherrod the unterbussen, from Violet.

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Historiann's picture
Submitted by Historiann on

when I read your Golden Oldie reposting yesterday, I thought that Bowers got a lot right about Obama and the Dems, esp. the passage you highlight here. What he utterly misses is that the PBR-drinking, Whole Foods nation, technocratic wonks have failed to prove a decisive constituency among those who vote or otherwise win elections.

I'm still waiting for the "cutural signals" that will appeal to me, though. Should I be getting them through my fillings, or do I need to make a tinfoil hat to receive them?

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

I've been dreaming up different styles all afternoon.

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Submitted by pmj6 on

...that might appeal to me:

3% unemployment.

0% poverty rate.

25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

0 US troops killed in combat anywhere in the world.

For all I care Obama can shop at Walmart, drink Bud Light by the 12-pack, watch NASCAR, and relieve himself in the Rose Garden. As long as he sends the "cultural signals" listed above.