This is the woman Ann Coulter called an “old Arab” and a security risk to Bush, and the Wall Street Journal and Fox refer to as the “crazy Aunt in the attic.” Read her piece, if only for the great description of Condi going nuclear after being challenged.
Meanwhile, Robert Parry at Consortium News looks at systemic issues. Following Watergate, he notes, the left and right had access to similar sums of money from foundations and wealthy individuals but made fateful, very different choices on how to invest it. The right built infrastructure for their “war of ideas”; the left chose to “think globally, act locally.” We concentrated on grassroots organizing and programs, trusting the media to stand up to conservative pressure. And while we bought up wetlands, fought AIDS, and fed the poor...
Well, we know who won that round. They've been dining out on Democrats for more than a decade. So far, no real news.
What’s truly worrisome about Parry’s story is that he still can’t get a hearing with the left. He’s been making the rounds of liberal foundations since the early 1990s looking to counter media imbalance. First he was told it wasn’t a problem or that they “didn’t do media.” Then the problem became too big. Then all resources had to go into defeating Bush. Then everyone was tapped out from the campaign. And now we’re focused on all these urgent legislative and judicial fights….
Parry says the time to invest in progressive media is now. He doesn’t think the pendulum of imbalance will swing back on its own accord.