Steve Gilliard has written a perfect gem about bloggers fighting back against the media and the beltway. The approved script says we're slavering leftists destroying the party by calling for blood if anyone strays from party doctrine and scaring away all the "value voters" and "moderates." Plus we're really, really mean to the media.
Gilliard dismisses the Washington Post as paranoid and focuses his attention on the lefty-lunacy meme. He boils his answer down to two points:
- We are not demanding ideological purity. That's rightwing behavior. We support Democrats who fight, period.
- Quit giving in before you even start. Losing does not endear you to moderates. Compromise with reactionaries does not work.
Worth reading the whole thing. And, by the way, I cheer the senators from Massachusetts in their filibuster fight. I called and faxed both Snowe and Collins and asked them to abstain or vote no on cloture, and to vote no on Alito. Here's contact info if you would like to do the same.
Senator Olympia Snowe:
Senator Susan Collins:
Washington, 202-224-5344 (phone), 202-224-1946 (fax)
Bangor, 207-945-0432 (phone), 207-941-9525 (fax)
Presque Isle, 207-764-5124 (phone), 207-764-6420 (fax)
Biddeford, 207-282-4144 (phone), 207-284-2358 (fax)
Auburn, 207-786-2451 (phone), 207-782-1438 (fax)
Augusta, 207-622-8292 (phone), 207-622-7295 (fax)
Portland, 207-874-0883 (phone), 207-874-7631 (fax)
Washington, 202-224-2523 (phone), 202-224-2693 (fax)
Biddeford, 207-283-1101 (phone), 207-283-4054 (fax)
Portland, 207-780-3575 (phone), 207-828-0380 (fax)
Caribou, 207-493-7873 (phone), 207-493-7810 (fax)
Bangor, 207-945-0417 (phone), 207-990-4604 (fax)
Augusta, 207-622-8414 (phone), 207-622-5884 (fax)
Lewiston, 207-784-6969 (phone), 207-782-6475 (fax)