For us Liberal groundlings who no one listens to anyway, it is definitely entertaining to watch the Republican party and the Beltway media run in circles, set their own hair on fire and beat themselves to death with their own dicks while whining that they have no idea why all of this circle-running, hair-blazing, dick throttling is happening to them.
However, before we break out the Liberal chardonnay and declare a Jubilee, I would like to remind my Liberal brothers and sisters that we have been here before. Well not here here, but we have had moments in our recent past when it looked like Reality had at last whipped the shit out of the Bad Guys so badly that this time they were going down for the count. In fact, ten years ago, in his 2006 year-in-review post, the late Steve Gilliard noted that with the Bush Administration in full collapse and Congressional Republicans in full retreat, it finally looked like the end of Rico...
The collapse of the right blogosphereRemember how the year started? People took Powerline, Red State and Instacracker seriously.Well, when they tried to promote Young Ben from Red State, he got gutted and exposed as a plagiarist and racist in a day or so, and from there, it didn't get any better. Mike Krempasky had problems with Wal Mart, which was quietly sending bloggers PR pieces to defend their company from facts.But my favorite moment of impotence, showing the divergent growth patterns between right and left, is the way the right had to sit and watch how the NRCC savaged conservative Steve Laffey in Rhode Island to save a doomed Chaffee campaign. They had no power to raise money, or even rally people to their cause. Other people they raised money for lost.They bitched and moaned about AP photos, but no one cared. When Chris Bowers raised a couple of million dollars and Matt Stoller helped campaigns draw support, the right sat at their keyboards, impotent.Now they rage against Muslims as they lose relevancy by the day
Were he alive today, I would imagine Steve would be thoroughly-pissed-but-not-exactly-surprised that the "right blogosphere" (as it was called back when dinosaurs and Haloscan walked the Earth) has not only not collapsed, but has actually prospered, while the Left is being starved and cut into insignificance. This is thanks entirely to the fact that the Right is the beneficiary of massive financial and institutional support from the wealthy individuals and groups that are willing to underwrite just about anyone with a keyboard who will take up the wingnut cause.
And so, while Red State would certainly have gone the way of Flooz and Friendster and shuffled of its mortal coil if normal, competency-based market forces prevailed, it's still around and doing fine, and its former Editor-in-Chief -- Ewick son of Ewick -- was not sunk by his shitty public behavior but has instead used his hate site resume as a stepping stone to mainstream "respectability" and seat at the GOP big kids table.
The "Young Ben" Steve refers to is Young Ben Domenech, who has most definitely not gone away either. Mr. Domenech -- who has worked Conservative chop shops from Regnery Press to NRO -- was instead saved from scandal and media oblivion by a series of boons granted him by everyone from (infamous climate change denial hack-shop) the Heartland Institute, to (inexplicably) his very good friends at MSNBC, who have dusted him off and propped him up often enough that he is now invited to appear semi-regularly on both MSNBC and "Face the Nation".
Finally, the "Instacracker" Steve refers to is Glenn Harlan "Instapundit" Reynolds who, instead of politely vanishing in a cloud of stink, has also done very well for himself. In fact, you can see Mr. Reynolds' most recent work on display in USA Today, in an article which begins with the headline --
Glenn Reynolds: How David Brooks created Donald Trump
-- and then proceeds to get just about everything single thing wrong about both the Republican base voter and David Brooks.
Too bad USA Today didn't drop me a line. I could have saved them this embarrassment, given them 800 glistening, fact-checked words on how David Brooks actually did help create Donald Trump, and they could have given me a check.
I guess after 11 years of doing this, I just don't have what Ben and Glenn and Ewick have.