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Thursday, October 16, 2008

“Premature Articulation”

posted by on October 16 at 15:30 PM

Unhappy with my Red Scare piece in this week’s paper, Goldy over at Horsesass is accusing me of having prematurely articulated all over the current Stranger (and of having sullied eastside Democrat Darcy Burner’s good name and strong electoral chances in the process).

He’s even more annoyed at Time Magazine’s Amy Sullivan, who also turned a critical eye on Burner recently, suggesting that Netroots people like Goldy are dragging Burner down.

I don’t think the Netroots are as bad for Burner as Sullivan suggests, and of course I’m not not endorsing Goldy’s description of me as a premature articulator (though I guess the relative timeliness of any, um, articulation, is probably not best judged by the articulator). But in any case, you’ve got to tip your hat to a guy who comes up with a novel political insult. Accordingly, my hat is tipped.

UPDATE: Open Left adds that I’m just another one of those “liberal elites,” while a friend points out that Goldy isn’t the first to use “premature articulation.” (But it was a first to my eyes, so I’m still impressed.)

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blogger fight *yawn*

I left high school years ago

Posted by Non | October 16, 2008 3:35 PM

I think they treatment for this sort of problem nowadays

Posted by Kristina | October 16, 2008 3:36 PM


Posted by Kristina | October 16, 2008 3:36 PM

Goldy sounds like a woman.

Posted by someone | October 16, 2008 3:38 PM

Oh no! You also got a shout out from Matt Stoller at Open Left.

Posted by Ben | October 16, 2008 3:47 PM

I don't know. I was thinking about volunteering for Burner for the last weekend/election but don't really want to spend time for a candidate that's going to lose. What fun is that? I did that last time. The Stranger's reporting that she might not have a chance has certainly made me think twice about where I spend my time.

Posted by Gabe Global | October 16, 2008 4:01 PM

Eli is officially ELITE!!!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 16, 2008 4:13 PM

Goldy will find any reason and anyone else to blame for Darcy losing, except the candidate herself. Don't worry about them, Eli, it's not your fault Darcy has nothing to offer for the majority of voters in her district. The Nutroots will never seem to learn they are the fringe, and the more blindly attached they & Goldy are to candidates with limited appeal, the more extreme they will look. Elections are popularity contests, kids.

The only local candidate who has a chance and deserves to win is Gregoire. Go help her out.

Posted by calvin | October 16, 2008 4:30 PM

One of the interesting side stories this primary season is the Progressive Blogosphere's "professional jealousy" of Obama for the way he's been able to translate the normal circle jerk of "on-line activism" into actual real world activism in a way they've been incapable of doing on a broader scale or even repeatedly on a smaller scale.

During the primaries, the netroots glommed onto the candidate that pandered to them the most (Edwards and later Dodd), just as they always do in a primary, while hectoring Obama for not kissing their ring.

When he became successful, they were pissed that he'll owe them nothing come January.

And as it happens, Whiny Ass Titty Baby Supreme Matt Stoller is the perfect example for this phenomena.

BTW, we're coming up on the one year anniversary of the demise of the Obama campaign as declared by Chris Bowers.

Posted by whatwhat | October 16, 2008 7:20 PM

@9 - Thanks for the memories! The thread on the Bowers post is particularly hilarious in light of how things have actually turned out. I read OpenLeft regularly, but it has always seemed to me that their front-pagers have never understood the Obama campaign's strategy whatsoever, because what they want is a red meat populist.

Posted by Ramdu | October 17, 2008 10:49 AM

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