On the front page of today’s Washington Post, we learn that “liberal bloggers” have made a “target” of centrist (sort of) Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher of California. This is the kind of story that some conservative bloggers used to argue shows the destructive influence of the liberal blogosphere on the Democratic party. But that was before some conservative bloggers started doing the same thing to Republican members of Congress.
But at least conservative bloggers don’t get quoted making bombastic pronouncements like this one from the power-crazed (but to-date impotent) “Subcomandante” Markos of the Daily Kos — “Absolutely, we could take her out.”
UPDATE: Just to be clear about this, there’s nothing wrong with bloggers on either side of the divide opposing incumbent members of Congress whose positions on key issues the bloggers deem unacceptable. Doing so, especially on a regular basis, will likely hurt the party the blogger generally supports, but bloggers can hardly be criticized for putting cause above party. That’s why during the Lieberman-Lamont race I found it perfectly natural, given their ardent anti-war position, that lefty bloggers would want to dump Lieberman. The unfortunate part was the ardor of these bloggers for defeat in Iraq, not the attack on Lieberman per se.
The Washington Post story suggests that, unlike Lieberman, Rep. Tauscher now wants the U.S. out of Iraq and is playing ball with Speaker Pelosi. But it’s up to the left to determine which Democratic members of Congress they wish to excommunicate. Fortunately, so far they don’t seem had much luck in this respect.
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