Bad days in blogtopia
Posted in comments at The Sideshow:
One sorry sidelight about the blogosphere's circular firing squad in the wake of the HCR vote, is that not one of the participants ever told the truth about the fake, fake, phony "public option" (well, Glenn sorta-kinda did a time or two).
Everything was hunky dory when all were blissfully ignoring Obama's and company's outright lies about transparency and inclusiveness*, and pushing for the Trojan-pony "public-option" MacGuffin -- whether for access, profit, or to guilelessly scrape the empty bottom of the "politically feasible" barrel. Or, as it seems many did -- simply playing go-along, get-along with the A-listers (notably Jane Hamsher and Chris Bowers) who were whipping first and fiercest for "public option." Trusting them... or at least not wanting to embarrass/cross them.
Anyway, shoving single-payer "purists" (AKA "Naderites") out of the way was good clean fun all around, and the meaningless "public option" was as malleable a pseudo-object of affection as the blank-screen president himself. Supertoys last all summer long.
Though Jane's brief foray into being a single-payer champion was a notably ghastly affair (longstanding single-payer supporters were suddenly purged from FDL in droves), I give her credit for ultimately having her fill of a largely terrible bill, something her colleagues deemed utterly unacceptable.
Her detactors are now propagating the term "firebagger." This, of course, conflates taking a principled stand against a corporatist bill with the rightwing movement that is seen in the progblogs as the exclusive province of violent racists (and, for good measure, tossing in a smirking reference to a sexual practice that some lefties find endlessly risible).
I don't know if Skippy ever coined "blogdystopia," but perhaps it's time someone did.
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* Again, Glenn did better than most, while continuing -- with between-the-lines reluctance, it seemed -- to legitimize "PO" as a goal. Purely speculation here, but I can't help but wonder if Glenn's reluctance to bust "public option" wide open, an agenda he acknowledged was designed to "placate progressives" -- was a manifestation of the reluctance of A-listers (and activism partners) to publicly challenge each other.
Seeing how ugly things have gotten now that Jane has taken a principled stand against the Dem orthodoxy, one can well understand such reluctance, even if it is painfully disappointing and frustrating given the vital need for a blogosphere built on candor and wholesome policy objectives.