Herding Cats is Hard Work!
But one of the cats Booman has trouble herding (using his own definition) is Booman himself:
Of course, Armando badly mischaracterized what I said because I didn't ask or tell anyone to leave the party**. But his view that "Left Blogs" should advocate policies they believe in and not pols or political parties is kind of beside the point when "Left Blogs" are bashing the president more as part of an Overton Window strategy than as a fair critique. What matters here is effectiveness and credibility. If you can get a public option by helping to convince Olympia Snowe, then pursue that. If Lieberman, pursue that. If Ben Nelson, pursue that. If Evan Bayh, pursue that. But if you instead call them all whores, attack their spouses, forbid Obama from making concessions to them, and accuse Obama of secretly agreeing with them, then I don't think you're going to get the outcome you want no matter how good it makes you feel.
So, what I think we really need to do is stop playing games and thinking we can outsmart the electorate. Be honest with your audiences. Be fair to the president and Congress (they are deserving enough of legitimate criticism). And remember why we got into this business.
I quoted alot more than necessary, because some of it is just so delicious it had to be read to be believed. I italicized what I particularly liked. First, note that he immediately assumes that anyone who attacks Obama and Democrats from the left are not fair and are dishonest ipso facto, just playing games. Nice. Second, he lays down who is acceptable for even pursuing, and then the only acceptable method to "pursue" that lucky few is to convince them! Have pity Me Lords! Third, he talks about outsmarting "electorates", as if the electorate wasn't already smarter than Booman, and realizes that they are getting the shaft (again) and it is now the Demcrat's foot on their face. Fourth, we must be fair to the president and Congress, obviously since they are so fair and truthful with us? Fifth, "remember why we got into this business", where a) well, it's good to acknowledge it's a business for you (and for all you address), and b) Uh, why was that again?
But getting back to how hard it is to heard cats (even at Booman's pay grade), there's this that Boohooman had written just a day earlier:
I'd be more tolerant of Blue Dogs (especially those in blood red districts) if they didn't lie in order to justify voting with the Republicans.
Wow, calling someone a liar, is that any way to "convince" them?
There is more astounding astoundingness there, but you get the picture: a target-rich environment.
* Oh to be compared to a PUMA site, teh deepest cut! Firedoglake, thy name is shame!
** Yeah, well, not in so many words, quote (emphasis mine):
if you don't have a plan for how your reinforcement of Republicans memes is going to help lead to better outcomes, you aren't really a Democrat anymore, and your activism can't necessarily be considered progressive even if uses progressive terms and angles. That's fine. No one is compelled to support the Democrats over the Republicans or to support policies they disagree with. But we should call this kind of blogging what it is, which is anti-Obama, and anti-Democratic Party...and anti-government, really.
Booman may not be able to tell you what a "progressive" is, but he knows it when he sees it!