Gary Pearce, one of the Boy Pundits over at Talking about Politics opines today on the state of the Democratic party and its relationship with blogs.
“Liberals hunt down heretics, while conservatives happily chase converts.”
Michael Kinsley, as quoted by Joe Klein
I don’t know whether Kinsley is right. It seems to me that right-wingers have spent a fair amount of time since 1964 hunting down heretics. But I’m only concerned with us liberals – or progressives, or whatever we’re supposed to call ourselves these days. Because we now have a new tool for tracking down and trashing heretics: the blogs.
Internet communication seems to bring out the worst in people. If you thought Carter and I said ugly things back in the Hunt-Helms race in 1984, your ears and eyes would be burning if you read the ugly things said daily on blogs.
And they bring out the worst in liberals. Ask Hillary Clinton. She’s so used to being bashed by liberal blogs that she didn’t go to the big bloggers’ bash in Las Vegas last week. She probably feels like the victim of a vast left-wing conspiracy.
The bloggers are a real force in Democratic politics today. Just what we need: one more interest group for our candidates to kowtow to. After all, the bloggers made Howard Dean what he is today.
I don't know what to make of this. A special interest group? Kowtowing? Exactly what special interest is Pearce talking about? The interest of regular people with passion trying to shape the discourse of good old boy politics? Maybe he likes things just the way they are, where he and his partner in crime are the special interests du jour.
I am truly stumped by his comments, including the closing sentence which is baffling. Bloggers didn't make Howard Dean anything. He was what he was long before MyDD and DailyKos got moving. In fact, you could make a better case arguing that Dean made blogging than vice versa.