OK, fun with Nocera’s awkward sentence construction aside, at least tonally, I’m not sure if he’s the best journalist to make the case that “moderate Democrats wrested the party back from its most liberal wing.” Recall that Nocera was the same Timesman who wrote – and later apologized for – this last year, even after the president’s call for a new civility amongst his fellow “liberals” earlier that year:
You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.
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As has been explained ad nauseam, the threat of defense cuts is supposed to give the Republicans an incentive to play fair with the Democrats in the negotiations. But with our soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan, which side is going to blink if the proposed cuts threaten to damage national security? Just as they did with the much-loathed bank bailout, which most Republicans spurned even though financial calamity loomed, the Democrats will do the responsible thing. Apparently, that’s their problem.
For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: They’ll have them on again soon enough. After all, they’ve gotten so much encouragement.
If that’s the Times trying to reach out to “core concerns of the middle class,” I’d hate to see what came before. (Oh wait, I know what came before.)
And finally, have moderate Democrats actually “wrested the party back from its most liberal wing,” as Nocera claims? Let’s ask this polite young man how eager he is to support a self-described moderate Democrat:
In the liberal blogosphere, the most energetic quarter of the party, Kerrey’s comeback bid was lambasted as the return of yet another mushy moderate. The online left says it won’t lift a finger for him — and in some cases, it’s even rooting against Kerrey.
It’s a reaction that’s emblematic of the new normal in Washington, a place where there’s no room for committed centrists like Maine GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe, who announced Tuesday she’ll retire after three terms — and perhaps even for members with a record of orbiting the center, such as Kerrey.
“I hope he gets carpet bombed. The more Republicans spend in Nebraska, the less they’ll have to go after Democratic Senate candidates who actually act like Democrats,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the influential blog Daily Kos. “And if it turns out he needs the help, then too bad. F—- him.”
Well, that settles it then! After years of being MIA, I’m glad moderation has finally returned to the party of McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis and Obama, along with an era of new civility, as well.
Although perhaps a road back from the Democrats’ ever-leftward swing over the last 45 years is finally visible, based on this:
Republicans should fight hard to make Brazile’s words a reality come November.