November 10, 2002
Credit Where Credit Is Due

Speaking on behalf of 'warbloggers' generally, Jennie Taliaferro of The Greatest Jeneration claims some of the credit for last Tuesday's election results. If you're not already convinced, go read Tuesday's Election was a Mandate for Warbloggers.

I would only add that the election results also undoubtedly owe something to bloggers on the other side. It is impossible to say how many voters were encouraged inspired to vote Republican or discouraged from voting Democratic by the likes of Eric Alterman, Max Sawicky, 'Hesiod', 'Atrios', and the nasty boys of WarbloggerWatch, but it must have been quite a few, and I haven't even listed some even more sordid sites. The fact that all of these (except perhaps WBW) are taken seriously as voices of the left cannot have helped the Democrats win votes from centrists.

Tangential note:

Even with fourteen named (or pseudonymed) contributors, WarbloggerWatch has posted nothing at all about the results of Tuesday's election, which have certainly affected the war on terror and the 'warbloggers' they profess to be watching. Four and a half days have passed, and they have nothing intelligent to say on the subject, and nothing unintelligent, either. (Not that they ever had much of interest to say, but it never stopped them before.) I would say that the site has died and started to stink, but the stink was there from the start: only the inertness is new.

I wonder what has silenced most of the WBW contributors. Is it boredom? The hopelessness that comes from beating one's head against a wall? (That might explain the quality of the posts.) Or have some contributors belatedly developed a sense of shame and decided (consciously or not) to dissociate themselves from their more clownish evil-clownish colleagues?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at November 10, 2002 08:08 AM

I actually noticed that also. I posted an entry with a list of contributors to WBW and some known lib blogs about their lack of acknowledgement of the election results.


Not a single thing.

I guess it's typical lib-gov at work: Ignore it and it isn't a problem.

Posted by: Vinny on November 10, 2002 06:41 PM

Doc, your site never fails to get at the least a smile, and usually a laugh, from me. LOVE that acid tongue.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish on November 11, 2002 12:04 AM

Thanks for making this great point, Dr.!
I'm sure it helped make the Conservative case more than a little that the Lefty blogs were so dreadful and had as little to offer their fellow American citizens as their beloved Dimocrat politicians did, thus ensuring their defeats last Tuesday.
Now it's on to Louisiana for Suzie Terrell's Senate race while the recount continues for Thune in SD--

Posted by: Jennie Taliaferro on November 11, 2002 12:12 AM

It's nice to take credit for the power of persuasion, and I don't discount it. But I think the presence of so many, so determined and so eloquent bloggers on the pro-war and pro-Bush side, contrasted with the few, the marginal and the incoherent opponents of the War on Terror (even the mainstream lefty outlets got shockingly shrill), is as much as anything a leading indicator of where the country is. The Republicans had three groups on their side - conservatives, pro-war libertarians, and for-the-duration, pro-war, open-minded liberals. All three groups are fired up by the need to defend our nation and its ideals, and two of the three were additionally fired up by the nastiness and dishonesty so often exhibited by and on behalf of Democratic candidates (the liberals were merely left with a bad taste). The fire on the other side, by contrast, was restricted to the fever swamps where they are mad at Bush for going to court to overturn Gore's lead in the Florida election (facts, shmacts) and for planning the September 11 attacks to boost the oil bidness and keep Michael Moore from marketing books and films.

We had ideas, and we had passion; they had only hate and fear and paranoia. The long-term problem for the Democrats is that they must now choose between the broad appeal of a moderation that excites nobody, and the targeted zeal of an extremism that echoes down an increasingly narrowing hallway.

Posted by: Baseball Crank on November 11, 2002 12:16 PM

D'oh! Broken link!

Posted by: Baseball Crank on November 11, 2002 12:30 PM

Clearly the WBW people were victims of the fascist KKKonspiracy which is now in control of AmeriKKKa. ;)

Posted by: d on November 11, 2002 02:12 PM

The poor kiddies at WBW. Adding insult to injury, they have been purposely shouldered aside by Max and his crowd at No War blog. What a diss. They were too loony, even for Max and company. The No War blog attempt to achieve some coherence is having mixed results. In fact I think they started it in a deliberate attempt to disassociate themselves from Shropshire. Ouch!

Posted by: Tokyo Taro on November 11, 2002 10:50 PM

Wishfull thinking aside, the left, though bruised is not in any hole, and is more determined than ever to present an alternate opinion and policy. We will ultimately have the last laugh, since your boy is a big talker, but will never risk the political fall-out of a war in Iraq gone awry. Better to whisk it off the table slowly. Bush goals are achieved, (republican control of the the government by opportunistically marketing war to influence voting), so no need risk damaging a good thing by bad news out of Iraq. Let's just move on.

Posted by: Tony Foresta on November 14, 2002 05:31 PM

We will soon find out whether Tony Foresta is right or not, and I am confident that he is utterly wrong. The worst news that could come out of Iraq is not American casualties but (a) no invasion, followed by (b) Iraqi acquisition of nuclear weapons, followed by (c) things too horrible to think about. George W. Bush knows that, but Tony Foresta doesn't. He needs to get a clue.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on November 16, 2002 12:13 PM