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  •  What's to say he's not? (0+ / 0-)

    Breitbart sees himself as a journalistic hero - a destroyer of the well-heeled and powerful in the media, politics, etc.

    Just because Breitbart hasn't been to Vietnam to report on stuff doesn't mean he isn't respected by many as a great journalist.

    The question is not about the right - the question is about us - do we have the discipline and political courage to uniformly call this out and to stop at nothing to put an end to it?

    Obama wrote about it in The Audacity of Hope - the reactive, angry response of the left that doesn't change things:

    Mainly, though, the Democratic Party has become the party of reaction.  In reaction to a war that is ill-conceived, we appear suspicious of all military action.  In reaction to those who claim the market can cure all ills, we resist efforts to use market principles to tackle pressing problems.  In reaction to religious overreach, we equate tolerance with secularism, and forfeit the moral language that would help infuse our politics with a larger meaning.  We lose elections and hope for the courts to foil Republican plans.  We lose the courts and wait for a White House scandal.

    And increasingly we feel the need to match the Republican right in stridency and hardball tactics.  The accepted wisdom that drives many advocacy groups and Democratic activists goes something like this: The Republican Party has been able to consistently win elections not by expanding its base but by vilifying Democrats, driving wedges into the electorate, and disciplining those who stray from the party line.  If the Democrats ever want to get back into power, then they will have to take up the same approach....

    Ultimately though, I believe that any attempt by Democrats to pursue a more sharply partisan and ideological strategy misapprehends the moment we're in.  I am convinced that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose.

    Words worth considering, 4 years after he wrote them and exploded onto the national stage.

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:57:41 AM PDT

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