How to stop the freak show
Contrary to what Atrios suggests, there is a way to stop the freak show, or at least stop it from mattering.
Tell Capitol Hill to TURN OFF THE TV!. Every office on Capitol Hill has the cable harpies on, which is why they can warp our politics so easily. Moreover, no one else watches the cable harpies, let it be known that Capitol Hill had turned off the freak show and their advertising dollars would dry up. The ratings on these shows are not very good.
Last time I was at the Metro Capitol South stop, it was filled with signs hyping MSNBC. Well, netroots could raise enough money to buy those same signs and tell Capitol Hill to TURN OFF THE TV!. It would do much more good than even more futile primary challenges in the name of more and better Democrats.