Ouch: Newsflash to the Netroots and the Media

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.  

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7 Responses to Ouch: Newsflash to the Netroots and the Media

  1. a man says:

    my god

    i totally agree with you and the nypost (i never thought i’d say it)

    i diary at daily kos and its sickens me

    its like obambi got the nom and they turned into hillnation

  2. I hear what you’re saying. And I think the reaction of many netoots has been way too extreme — use FISA to justify a vote for McCain?? It’s insanity. And I admit I am an educated white male and I am also a person who’s concerned with privacy. All that being said:

    Obama blew this call, and it’s right to rap him across the nose for it.

    I understand that people are focused on their personal lives and this crappy economy and I totally understand that. But you know what? If the Democrats had been focused only on practical matters and not principle in the 1960s, we don’t get the Voting Rights Act or Civil Rights Act. Earlier in the century (but not particularly Democrats), we don’t get female suffrage. You cannot allow a concern for the day-to-day to enitrely swamp concerns about the bigger ideals.

    Yes, of course Obaama will have to compromise and of course he’s not a shining knight of the left. I’m OK with that. I was OK with refusing public funding and I was OK with a 16 month withdrawal and I was OK with all the other “centrist” moves. I’m not OK with an assault on basic principles of the Constitution and the rule of law. No one should be.

    I’ll go a little further. Angry at the past 8 years? Astounded that the American people could vote in a guy like GW Bush? Wonder where the hell that came from? Look in the mirror. By focusing on day-to-day only, by downplaying the ideals, by rendering politics only a game of “I got mine” — you trivialize it and make possible a poser idiot like Bush.

    You can’t uphold the high ideals if you’re starving. I get that. But there’s no point in a full meal if the price is the high ideals. The Democrats can — and should — fight the good fight on both fronts. We can win it on both.

  3. I understand that people are focused on their personal lives and this crappy economy and I totally understand that. But you know what? If the Democrats had been focused only on practical matters and not principle in the 1960s, we don’t get the Voting Rights Act or Civil Rights Act. Earlier in the century (but not particularly Democrats), we don’t get female suffrage. You cannot allow a concern for the day-to-day to enitrely swamp concerns about the bigger ideals.

    [my emphasis]

    History here is a little different. Those pieces of legislation were introduced and passed immediately AFTER an election by Democratic Congress with a master politician President, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    These were not campaign issues. Johnson knew, and discussed if you listened to his tapes or read his book, that he was signing away the deep South to get the Civil Rights vote passed. But he also knew he was 4 years from a re-election campaign. As it turned out he was so tortured by VN and what it was doing to the country that he didn’t stand for re-election.

    Obama isn’t the all-knowing God that so many thought during the primary and he’s a very cagey politician as I said so often during the Primary. So you are correct he’s more into winning than pleasing the left wing, who aren’t the base of the party, every day.

    Great thread here. Basic issues and personal narrative get Presidents elected. Not pandering to one small very vocal group.

  4. Peace Out For Unity says:

    The video isn’t working ?

  5. Peace Out For Unity

    What video?

  6. Peace Out For Unity says:

    It’s a video that Stuart had on and think it connected with this topic. Thank-you and I’ve never heard tell of Netroots in my life time ! They cause intelligent confusion in politics ! Oh,I’ll have fun with that one !

  7. Peace Out For Unity says:

    “It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;you can even fool some of the people all of the time;but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.” Aberham Lincoln