Monday, February 28, 2005

From The "Has-To-Be-Seen-To-Be-Believed" File

From The Democracy Guy (Via American Future): oops! Forgot About 9/11

On Friday, the front page at DailyKos, the blogosphere's most visited temple of lefty latte chugging Howard Dean worshippers, featured a post by some guy calling himself Armando, positing his theory as to why John Kerry did so poorly in the South in 2004 compared to Bill Clinton in 1996. It's a rather unremarkable analysis, except for the band-aid correction which Mr. Armando made to his carefully crafted genius a few hours after the first person to read the thing noticed that something was left out.

Update [2005-2-25 17:33:16 by Armando]: HProf points out my brain lock - the most important difference between 1996 and 2004 was the reemergence of national security as the single most important Presidential issue.

And thus, in stark relief, is revealed the problem in the Democratic Party today. Some anonymous guy takes whatever time it took to craft some big answer to a big question about the Democratic Party, and simply forgets that September 11 happened. The guy can't even bring himself to type the characters "9/11", prefering to call it some "reemergence of national security," as if it just oozed out of the electorate like gay marriage or prescription drug coverage.

Mr. Armando, take a look around. The reason the roads are filled with cars carrying those annoying yellow ribbon magnets is 9/11. The reason every visit to an airport is tense and irritating is 9/11. The reason fire engines look different, their sirens sound different, the reason my mother pauses uncomfortably every time CBS breaks into her soap opera with breaking 9/11. It is everywhere. It is the world we live in. What world are you living in?

Unfortunately that last question is one you might not want to hear the answer to.


automatic gainsayer said...

Wait--lemme get this straight. Some idiot posts to a blog and suddenly that is representative "what's wrong with the Democrats?"

The last question asks what world were you living in. Ummm, is it perhaps a world in which something more than anecdotal straw men are required to support sweeping generalizations?

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

The DK generates half a million hits a day. They are hardly some anonymous outfit.

If you were talking about something like, Oh I dont know, The Iconic Midwest you'd have a better point.

automatic gainsayer said...

I respectfully disagree. The number of hits the page generates is not relevant. The conclusion reached by the individual you quoted still contains the logical fallacies that I mentioned.

I could easily say the fact that another poster immediately pointed out the ommision is proof that 9/11 is front and center on Dem's minds. My conclusion would be, of course, equally as flawed.

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

I think you're wrong. You say its just some idiot posting to a blog. A point out that the DK isn't just any old blog. Besides being the most visited blog on the web (by a long way) they have also worked from the Dean presidential campaign, and played a role in his ascension to the DNC chairmanship. Not exactly some guy in his underwear here.

In describing the differences between 1992 & 1996 and 2004 (the entire point of his piece) he forgets 9/11. That's telling to me, not to you. To me it would be the equivalent of a guy talking about the differences in his life in college versus 20 years later and forgetting to mention his wife and three kids.

You say tomato, I say double cheeseburger.

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

I did not mean to imply that I am not fully cloathed.

prying1 said...

I'll take the double cheeseburger.

As far as this Armando character goes I wonder how smart he really is. Besides 'forgetting' about "reemergence of national security" - - -

from Fighting Dems: Bareknuckled Politics
by Armando at daily kos
Wed Mar 2nd, 2005 at 18:29:50 PST

- - - quote from armando: Over the past few weeks and months the Democratic leadership, especially Dem Senate leader Harry Reid and now, DNC Chair Howard Dean, have demonstrated their determination to fight back against the GOP attack machine.
end quote - - -
Armando seems either ignorant of or in denial about the GOP attack machine. The fact is that all the RNC has to do is quote the afformentioned Reid and Dean verbatum to get them howling. Show a tape of them in a RNC commercial and that is an attack. Talk about their voting record and the Dems act like you are murdering them. ;-)