CAN'T WE BE HONEST HERE? OR, APPLYING THE TEST OF CUI BONO:
I was trawling the liberal blogs today, and noticed a link from Atrios
, to The Grit
expressing outrage that this comment made it on to ABC's The Note:
"As is always the case with the out-of-power party, Democrats have to root root root for bad news. And no bad news source is better for the Democrats' election prospects than the bad news from Iraq."
Mr. Daou's beef is with the idea that: "The Note pushes it over the edge with what should be a completely unacceptable comment about Dems and Iraq." What makes it so over the edge, for Mr. Daou, is that:"ABC's 'The Note' Suggests Democrats Want US Troops Killed and Maimed." No, that is not what it says--it says that Democrats best chance of getting back into power is for there to be a continued shit-storm of bad news from Iraq. Part of that bad news are dead and wounded Americans. That is an unfortunate side effect of wanting to get into power--bad things have to happen. If there was no war, then Democrats would be rooting for an economic Depression, with millions of Americans unemployed. They would be sad, and vow to improve their lot, but ultimately, they need bad news. Why?
Because, without bad news, THEY WOULDN'T BE ELECTED.
I know that sounds pretty obvious, but... well, what can one say?
What Mr. Daou doesn't want to admit (though understands quite well), is what I have said--Democrats benefit from bad news. He may talk about a positive agenda, but the major reason governments are replaced in democracies (apart from boredom) is that the current occupants have completely irritated or angered us with their antics. It looks like the Republicans are at that point. But a major reason is the Iraq mess.
Mr. Daou is worried that a subtle distinction between wanting bad for your opponent and wanting what is bad for the country will be missed by media outlets and non-subtle minds. It will, partly because what Mr. Daou doesn't want to acknowledge is that gaining power requires the very thing he is outraged the media implies about Democrat desires.
Its an obvious utilitarian calculation for a politician--a few deaths for the opportunity to right the ship by kicking the incompetents out (and getting into power). If that isn't the calculation, then a few words of congratulation to the Administration when it gets something right in Iraq, and there are success stories, might be in order, right?