If we could stop eating our own we might have a chance…
Newsflash to the netroots and the media (which seems perpetually confused on this issue): The netroots are not the base of the Democratic Party.
Overwhelmingly white, male and highly educated, they’re a loud anomaly in a party that’s wholly dependent on the votes of African Americans, women and working-class whites.
And every poll in existence confirms that what the folks in the party’s actual base care about is the economy and the Iraq war.
It’s high gas prices, not electronic snooping, that have most Americans on edge.
This isn’t to say that Obama’s vote was right or good. The bill grants legal immunity to telecom that cooperated with the government’s illegal wiretapping program, an affront to anyone concerned with privacy. The problem here is the extreme lack of self-awareness on left-wing activists’ part.
They claim to want to win, yet they’re determined to malign the Democratic nominee for doing what he always said he would do: make compromises and find the middle ground.
I hate to say it, and may surely be maligned by my counterparts here in the liberal blogosphere but, having worked as a blogger for the Kerry campaign and knowing full well how the netroots treated Kerry during the campaign and after, there is merit to this opinion, in my opinion. Single mothers… and I am one of them, care more about the economy than FISA. Not one single mother I know, knows diddly about FISA, but they all know the economy sucks, they all know what is to not have healthcare and they all know that the price of gas is tearing apart their budgets and there’s far less food on the table these days.
So maybe the netroots might actually wake up and start talking to the real people on the streets who don’t know squat about FISA and maybe they might heed this warning:
Grow up, net rooters: You’re going to see more Obama compromises with reality, more shifts to address what the real Democratic base cares about. Don’t even be surprised if he comes out with a plan to allow domestic oil drilling.
The real Democratic base wants to win this election, just as much if not more than the netroots does. It’s not about ideology to the real base of the Democratic Party, it’s about every day survival. Maybe if the netroots starts supporting our candidate, that they insisted up to recently was the “One,” we might have a chance at really winning this election. If not, we’re screwed and I’ll be joining the ranks of the very angry women who aren’t so into party unity these days, because they voted for the other candidate. You know the one who voted against the FISA bill the other day and the one that women and single mothers particularly felt was actually listening to them and that she’d do more on the economy and healthcare — the issues that the “real” base of the Party really care about.
Stop whining netroots and support your guy, because some of us, who supported the other candidate are stepping up to the plate and trying to make sure we have his back, while you all complain about him now.