River Daughter’s take on Markos’s response to the Obama Fox Debacle is very confusing:
I mean, just because Obama went on Fox and didn’t slay the dragon:
3.) It exposed his campaign as a bunch of liars. The Obama campaign’s press show promised people that Obama would “take on” Fox News. Of course, none of that happened. That would’ve electrified “the left”, and we know that Obama doesn’t want to do anything that might make him look like a “captive” to it…
But “rise above politics”? His refusal to acknowledge the political reality may very well be his greatest weakness. I hope it’s all an act. I can take cynical political rhetoric. I expect it. And it’s not like Clinton is offering anything different in that department. But if Obama actually believes it, then the Republicans will chew him up and spit him out. And either way, his campaign — never good at setting expectations — shouldn’t have promised something that Obama is apparently incapable of delivering.
And Markos doesn’t mind that Obama is severing his ties to the left who have been his meal ticket:
It gave Fox a propaganda victory, allowing it to crow that:
[Obama] very much wants to get away from any sense that he’s a creature or a captive of the left.
Who does Obama think is volunteering and contributing to his campaign? Fox-watching Republicans? Sure, candidates always pivot after their primaries and run to the “center”, but Republicans don’t generally piss on their base as they make that transition. Our side makes a ritual out of it. That’s not how long-term movements are built.
Obama’s living closer to his stated politics. He’s primarily a centrist. He’s dropping the audacity of hope for the perceived practicality of fear. Fox barked, and Obama caved. Markos’s response was sharp and dead on. Here is what I don’t get:
Markos, Markos, Markos, we emailed, we posted, we *pleaded* with you to exercise some control, to crack down on the abuses, to provide some balance, to not burn your bridges. You said it was all in good fun. We warned you that there were undesirable elements infiltrating the site, young hooligan males and possibly Republican moles. You laughed at us. We tried to fight back, to get others to see reason, to laugh at the absurdity of it all, You disowned us.
I’m sorry to say this, but you had it coming.
What the hell? No, neither Markos nor the Daily Kos community had it coming. They supported the best of the two remaining Democratic candidates. We are in a fight to undo the severe damage the Bush administration has caused this nation, and are desperately trying to find a candidate who was least complicit in the poisonous laws and rhetoric leaked out from Bush and Cheney Inc. Barack Obama made a shitty mistake by agreeing to go on Fox, and another by not standing up and fighting.
We ought to have two champions fighting for Democratic values. Instead we’ve learned that Obama may be just as weak as Clinton, and frankly the thought of another ineffective Democrat leading us to defeat against John “Bush’s LapDog” McCain rightly is a cause for anger.