With just a few days to go, and lots of interesting things taking place, the punitocracy has finally started to take note of the primary in Connecticut.
None of them seem to get it at all.
They’re still trying to categorize these people as “far-left” “bloggers” or “Dean supporters,” as if they have some sort of infection that won’t go away. It couldn’t be a genuine political movement, could it?
I know these people, and could be considered one of them. I tend to be a lot less of a peacenik that some of them, and my political philosophy could basically be described as technocratic Euro copying minus much peacenikness, but now I’m splitting hairs.
There has been a yearning since I’ve been politically aware in this country for a genuine liberal movement. We all knew that the Democratic party was broken, and that while better than what else we might get, Clinton wasn’t part of this movement. And almost everyone who has been on this ride is not a baby boomer.
Gen X has grown its own organic liberalism that doesn’t care very much about Vietnam or Kennedy, and certainly doesn’t give a rat’s ass about McGovern, Humphrey, or Walter Mondale. And it’s starting to take shape.
This year is something like 1962 in the history of the modern conservative moment. We couldn’t get our guy in the Presidential race–we weren’t ready yet (just like 1960), but now, while we may not be ready to govern yet, we can make an impact.
Lessons have been learned. The beta testing going on during the Dean campaign, the 2004 elections, and subsequent pet elections has seasoned people involved a little. It’s all making things happen in the Lamont campaign.
And yes, Iraq is really the most important thing driving Liebermann down, but that’s interesting in and of itself. The fact that a group of Democrats is winning by showing spine on an issue that they all really believe in the first place is radical for this party. It’s not quite as radical as Goldwater wanting to sell the TVA in 1964, but it’s similar in kind. Conservatives in the early 60s were ashamed of not liking the New Deal, and they were made that way by Diet Democrats like Eisenhower who were afraid of the electoral losses of Dewey, Wilkie, Hoover, et al., just like today’s Democrats have been made to be afraid of their own true beliefs by a generation of Diet Republicans who can’t get over their own electoral defeats in their political infancy.
If Lamont wins, it’s not because of the Iraq war–it’s because the Democratic wing of the Democratic party is back in control.
P.S. It couldn’t be more ironic that this movement, which was very agnostic about the 2000 election (until Florida, when everyone all of a sudden pretended that they never liked Nader at all), would pick Al Gore for it’s presidential candidate. You see, Gore, just like us, has grown a spine.