"stupid is as stupid does"

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James Ceaser writes the cover story in the latest Weekly Standard, wherein he supposes that the Democrats have inherited the mantle of “The Stupid Party” from the GOP (h/t: Amicus at Bootstrapping Andrew Sullivan). He posits a “progressive coalition of billionaires and bloggers” in which “[t]he allies of the wealthy, the bloggers, are the coalition’s hit men.” Leaving aside the simple fact that bloggers, myself included, are not on any billionaire’s payroll, Ceaser comes up with this whine about blogs:

Their websites not only constantly abuse thought, but show contempt for intellectuals, even while gaining influence among them. The language is often violent and vulgar. […] …the tone of MoveOn's recent New York Times ad assailing General Petraeus as "General Betray Us," far from being exceptional, is perfectly typical of the discourse preached and practiced by this so-called progressive coalition.

It is true that the Left’s tactics have become more like those of the swift-boating liars on the Right, but they are largely responding to the smear-over-substance atmosphere that the GOP has created. (Besides, a single ad by one group hardly compares to the relentless and orchestrated misrepresentations of the right-wing noise machine.) Conservatives who want to complain about the “tone” of political discourse need to take a long, hard look at their own glass house (Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, Drudge, Hannity, Savage, O’Reilly, TownHall, WingNutDaily, and the Freepers come to mind) before casting stones at the Left.

It is a disappointment, though, to see the Left ceding its moral high road in campaigning, and descend to the mud-slinging and name-calling level of the Right. Perhaps Ceaser is simply upset that, with all gloves off and the GOP’s tactical advantage lost, the Democrats are poised to make further electoral gains next year?

(Note: I would never ordinarily quote from Forrest Gump, surely one of the most overrated films ever, but it was the only title that came to me.)

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