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Monday, February 18, 2008

 

news flash: liberal blogsphere doesn't like Obama http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=6179aa60-b54f-4a08-99ed-1a431a675a51

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, February 18, 2008 permalink View blog reactions
A Bizarro World article in The New Republic by Brad Plumer argues inexplicably that the netroots favor Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. The article appears to have been written prior to Edwards' dropping out, even though it was just published last week. As such it is hopelessly out of date, even if it's central premise were true, which Plumer strains mightily to prove with quotes from various netroots chiefs like Stoller, Markos, Hamsher etc. It's true that Obama has been heavily critiqued by the left for pursuing an inclusive, post-partisan theme rather than a transformativem hyper-partisan theme, but to conclude that there's some kind of rift from this is really letting the thesis drive the story.

Well, it made RedState happy, at least. Let them take whatever solace they can.

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