Shooting fish in a barrel...
For the upcoming holiday season, we came up with the idea to re-post some of the more interesting/provocative/brilliant front page pieces from OpenLeft's history.
There are so many great posts to choose from! So let's join in the fun:
For my part, although Bowers' superbly petulant and yet deeply "progressive" I Am Why Single-Payer Hasn't Passed was a strong contender, I would have to give Bower's "Changing of the Guard" first prize:
There should be a major cultural shift in the party, where the southern Dems and Liebercrat elite will be largely replaced by rising creative class types. 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.
I don't know about you, but this was the post that told me I had no place in the "progressive" Democratic party. Of course, I'm sure Bowers would regard that as an advantage. Kudos to Bowers for calling his shot on the party split!
Readers, those of you who still have accounts at Open Left, do feel free to log in and help out with your own nominations!
UPDATE More Bowers goodness:
[S]o much for congratulating progressives on accomplishing something almost unheard of in recent American political media: making the public debate over a major piece of legislation between the left-wing and the center, rather than between the center-right and the extreme right-wing
A "progressive" access blogger and single payer censor claims he's on the left? Oh, puh-leeze. If you want some inkling of what a left would look like, read the econoblogs, like Naked Capitalism here or here. At least they've got some notion of political economy, where all Bowers has going for him is an ever-receding horizon of process dodgery.