Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Blogs are destroying the Demos but ... if you read on down, you'll see some one as excited about spring training as me.

Yes, it appears to be true. You will have to pardon me if I don't share a tear with some of you. I hear people talk about how we need an opposition party, as if the country has become "We the Political Party".

Let's be honest: The internet is killing the Democrats. And they went too long before trying to tax it. The freedom genie is out of the bottle. It's too late.

What painful irony for the Democrats to invent the internet, only to be destroyed by it.

What in the world am I talking about, you ask? Please take a moment to read Michael Barone's latest column. Although he's a conservative, it's hard to dismiss Barone as a fire-breathing partisan. Regardless of his politics, Barone understands American politics.

Here is what he said that leads me to the conclusion described in the headline above:

1) "The Democratic Internet constituency was and is motivated by one thing more than anything else: hatred of George W. Bush. " I recently wrote about this hatred. Some are honest enough to admit it, but some Democrats are still in denial. Like me and many on the center-right, Barone is convinced that hatred is the chief motivator for the Hard Left blogosphere. And to what end? Barone sums it up with this fabulous line: "The left blogosphere has driven the Democrats into an electoral cul de sac."

2) "Now the big [Democrat] money comes from the left blogosphere and Bush-hating billionaires like George Soros." Don't believe it? Just check out a few of the prominent (and not so prominent) leftist blogs and see.

And then, after describing how the right blogosphere has successfully taken on the MSM (Old Media, as Barone calls them), Barone ends with this punch line:

3) "The left blogosphere has driven the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans."

And one other thing that Barone is too polite to mention, but I'm not. The Left blogs will force the Demos to talk Left, including talking about what they think and what they actually would do. Whenever the Left talks about what it actually believes or would do ... it loses ... and big. I mean, it's hard to sell "Could you please slow down so I can slap a big ol' tax on you?" or "Let's just paint those military helmets UN sky blue and get along, 'kay." There's a reason why the Left hides what it believes during national elections.

So, there you have it. The Sage has spoken. Plus, Barone agrees with him.