I Guess I'm Just in an Epistolatory Kinda Mood Today
Avedon had this to say earlier this weekend:
I thought I'd dealt with this already, but really, just exactly what do people think is going to happen if progressives just say they're done with the Democrats and refuse to vote for them? It's not like a wonderful new party will magically arise from the ashes of the Democratic Party. So, should people be out in the streets? Of course. For the last seven years. But, you know, that's part of the same process. (It wouldn't hurt to support Cindy's primary challenge of Pelosi, though.)
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ps- A great man, much smarter than I, said this some 35 years ago:
"...but the MAIN reason I'm working for (Ed Muskie)," he said, "is that he's the only guy we have that can beat Nixon. (...) That's the real issue this time. Beating Nixon. It's hard to even guess how much damage those bastards will do if they get in for another four years."
I nodded. The argument was familiar. I had even made it myself, here and there, but I was beginning to sense something very depressing about it. How many more of these goddamn elections are we going to have to write off as lame but "regrettably necessary" holding actions? And how many more of these stinking, double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get ourselves straight enough to put together some kind of national election that will give me and the 20 million people I tend to agree with a chance to vote FOR something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils? (...)
How long, O Lord... How long? When will it end? The only possible good that can come of this wretched campaign is the ever-increasing likelihood that it will cause the Democratic Party to self-destruct.
A lot of people are seriously worried about this, but I am not one of them. I have never been much of a Party Man myself... and the more I learn about the realities of national politics, the more I'm convinced that the Democratic Party is an atavistic endeavor- more an Obstacle than a Vehicle- and that there is really no hope of accomplishing anything genuinely new or different in American politics until the Democratic Party is done away with.
Remember the Whigs, Larry? They went belly up, with no warning at all, when a handfull of young politicians like Abe Lincoln decided to move out on their own, and fuck the Whigs... which worked out very nicely, and when it became almost instantly clear that the whig hierarchy was just a gang of old impotent windbags with no real power at all, the Party just curled up and died... and any politician stupid enough to "stay loyal" went down with the ship.
pps-I do believe you are aware of my previously stated feelings on this particular subject.
Crossposted at ScaryShit.