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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

 

Purple rising at DailyKos http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/10/3/183350/735

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, October 04, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
Link goes to a fantastic and lengthy diary at DailyKos by a decidedly Purple kossack. Its a masterpiece, with some great comments spawned by it as well. Of course the very first reply typifies Democratism at its worst, and got about 300 4.0 ratings. Still, the Recommend list is impressive, I've put them in extended copy below as a sort of roster of who at DailyKos one might consider purple in their politics rather than knee-jerk blue. It says a lot that the diary even made the Recommended list at all; there's clearly a lot of latent dissatisfaction at the dominance of the "progressive" left. The leftists tend to be much more vocal, but what I like to call the Silent Significant Minority does remain active, and not exactly dormant, either.

In brief, here are excerpts of Arquebus' main points in the diary:

1. The average American is never, never, never going to believe that George W. Bush is a fascist, a sociopath, or a bloodthirsty maniac.

2. Most Americans believe this is a great country. Not could be, not should be, not would be but for the other side...but is.

3. To that end, the war in Iraq is not unpopular because it's immoral. Most Americans don't not support the war because of the lack of wmd's. They don't support it because we're losing.

4. A united America, conservative, liberal, independent, and totally apolitical, is all to the good.

5. Most conservatives probably know that Bush is a failed president.

6. The damage that this administration has done isn't the damage that a conservative government would do. No, this is plain old, boring incompetence.

7. Another 20 years of cold civil war will destroy this country.

8. Somewhere in the central midwest tonight, a middle-aged mother is getting home from work. She's not terribly political, but she watches the news. Turning it on tonight, her first response is `Bush did it again, put in one of his friends.' She generally votes the straight Republican ticket, but is increasingly frustrated with the direction of the country. What are you going to tell her? That she voted for Adolf Hitler last time? That she's a Bible-thumping psych-Christian who's too stupid to understand the theory of Evolution?


Brilliant. Patriotic. Passionate. Reality-based. Read the original for expansion on each of these themes, I only grabbed the lede to each point. So few people understand that this is what Howard Dean was trying to say all along! Except for the now-vanished regular readership of Dean Nation, that is. The same left-ist zealots who rallied around Dean solely because of his opposition to this war (mistaking it for opposition to all war) are the same ones who are tearing down this great Diary and who also took Senator Obama to task for his effort at speaking truth to netroot power by posting a Diary of his own.

 

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The biggetarians wholeheartedly support the ideas of the dean movement, but with a well-brewed combo of hypcrisy and corruption.

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