Monday, February 15, 2010
Their Own Worst Enemy
So Evan Bayh is retiring from the Senate for thoroughly horseshit reasons -- the kind of thing that drew laughter and ridicule when Sarah Palin made the same basic argument for her own resignation from the Alaska governor's seat.
This isn't really all that interesting; the Democrats have been dropping like flies lately. What's worth noting, though, is the predictably self-defeating response of many on the left to the news that an admittedly centrist Democrat is quitting Congress. Bottom line: They're jumping for joy -- tweeting unmitigated crap like "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Evan!" If there's a better example of how willing the left is to shoot itself squarely in its overly pious foot, I haven't seen it. Bayh may have been a gutless little turd and occasionally an obstructionist of the highest order, but at least he was a Democrat, which means that he was ostensibly on the same side as those who are now gleefully pissing on his grave. Who does the left think is going to replace Bayh in Indiana? A more liberal Democrat? Yeah, right. At best it'll be another centrist Dem -- at worst and much more likely it'll be a Republican, someone who won't even caucus with the Democrats or pay lip service to the concerns of progressives.
This all-or-nothing, Utopia-or-bust stance that some on the left continue to adhere to will be the death of the progressive agenda. Hell, it probably already is.
DXM: With Friends Like These.../8.21.09