One more time, with feeling:
Back when the 2008 primary season started to heat up, DailyKos purged its Hillary Clinton supporters. Oh, yes it did, you doubting Thomasinas. You can’t believe that a “news site” like DailyKos would be involved in hurrying them off the site as quickly as it possibly could to make way for the Obama ads but it did. And it wasn’t nice about it. I was one of the first victims. That’s why I’m here at this blog. And to be honest, I never regretted it. But as we were picked off, one by one, Hillary’s supporters got less of a voice in the left blogosphere. Pretty soon, a Democratic party loyalist got the distinct impression that the entire party was converting to Barack Obama with all of the fervor of a religious reformation. The jihad quickly spread to other blogs and the comment threads filled up with Obama zealots who were enthusiastic about killing the infidels. Some of those Hillary supporters fled to this blog and a few others. We weren’t welcome anywhere else. And mind you, we’re only talking about February of 2008. It happened quickly and thoroughly, almost as if someone had given marching orders for sites to be flooded with anti-Hillary rhetoric.
Digby held out for awhile but even she succumbed. In the book, the Bloggers on the Bus by Eric Boehlert, Digby confesses that she was “chickenshit”, intimidated by her commenters and somewhat dependent on ad revenue. Ok, fine. We get it. It took her by surprise four years ago.
But what is her excuse now for being a Doormat Democrat and not holding the party accountable for its rampant misogyny and sexism? Believe me, I hate to be doing this, pointing out the party’s ugly history, but it isn’t doing enough to combat the crazy assholes on the right. It is the Democratic party’s feet we need to hold to the fire, not the Republicans. The Republicans wouldn’t have been able to get this far if the gates weren’t already down to let the barbarian horde in. Where have the Democrats been for the past decade?
And what is Digby’s role in this? I’ve got a problem with her co-writer, thereisnospoon. Back in the Great Purge of DailyKos 2008, right in the middle of the Rec List Hostage Crisis, blogger Alegre, who was a well respected Hillary blogger on DailyKos, got fed up with the pressure to convert and decided to stage a “writer’s strike”. It was symbolic, of course, but its purpose was to call attention to the way that Hillary voices were being marginalized and persecuted on the largest and most influential group blog. Markos made fun of her. (nice going, Markos. How very impartial)
Alegre’s strike post got a lot of comments. Let me just highlight one:
Don’t let the door hit you (39+ / 0-)
on the ass on your way out.
I have not been posting much or commenting much in the past months, but I have been reading almost everything.
You are propagating baseless, self-serving, inaccurate, and whiny meme’s on a regular basis.
You smear and deride with the worst of the lot, and you expect people to overlook your own behavior?
Spare us the drama.
The only way to ensure a free press is to own one
by RedDan on Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 05:26:55 PM PDT
straight from the HRC blast faxes (4+ / 0-)
really sad, actually.
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by thereisnospoon on Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 05:39:18 PM PDT
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Oh, look! It’s thereisnospoon, suggesting that Alegre was getting her marching orders from Hillary’s campaign. We were very fortunate here on The Confluence to be invited to Clinton’s press briefings and got email updates but these were strictly informational. No one ever asked us to do anything. I kind of liked the low pressure tactics. I never felt indoctrinated by Hillary’s campaign and I doubt that Alegre did either. In fact, when it comes to the writer’s strike on DailyKos, Alegre got that idea from me.
This morning, Atrios pondered why it is that women are told that their issues are a distraction. It’s always the wimmen. Why is that? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because, it doesn’t really serve the purposes of the Democratic party or the Obama administration to rehash old history now, does it? The last thing they want is an uncomfortable spotlight directed their way so that all the ugliness of four years ago is revealed in all of its glory. “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” They would much prefer that the Republicans take the blame for all of the wretched mess that happened to women.
But Digby has to take a stand. What is the role that thereisnospoon plays on her site? The Democrats are never going to do right by us if no one holds them accountable and forces them to act instead of sitting back and letting them bask in undeserved glory. If you support the Democratic party, no matter what it does or *doesn’t* do, it will not do anything for you. And the attack on women is so severe that to do nothing and say nothing on your behalf is a crime against your own sex. That goes for NARAL, NOW, the Feminist Majority, Emily’s List and any other women’s advocacy group that has lost its brass ovaries in the past several decades. They are taking your contributions and giving them to Democratic organizations. What are they demanding in return? Why don’t we ask them? If they do not have the courage to stand up for women now, and hold the only party who pretends to care accountable for its actions, then we will continue down this spiral of fewer and fewer rights and less and less respect.
Make the Democrats answerable for all of the less than progressive candidates they are supporting this year. Make them explain why they are supporting an independent male in Maine rather than a liberal woman. Force Obama to vigorously defend you.
Women’s groups are not keeping up. When Occupy is taking to the street, demanding economic equality and non-believers are organizing and demanding recognition as a influential voting bloc at the Reason Rally this coming weekend, women’s groups are timidly hiding behind the Democratic party, hoping it will protect them. They’re still trying to work with the system that screwed them over four years ago. Fuck that shit. Organize a rally in DC, women. Get your act together. No one loves you more than you love yourself. Let’s stick up for ourselves and make the Democrats court us as aggressively as they court the pro-illegal abortionist lobby.
Make a choice, Digby. Get rid of your party mole or watch women’s rights get whittled away by the Democrats themselves as they pretend to protect them while doing nothing. Now is the time, when they are telling us to shut up and sit down, to stand up and raise Hell.
Do I expect Digby to actually do this? No, I expect that she’ll read this post and that she and her discussion group will laugh about it. Her conscience will feel a twinge but she won’t act on it because she doesn’t want to alienate herself from the group. Right, Digby? And they care about women HOW, exactly?
And for those of you ladies who naively think that DailyKos is some innocuous Democratic news site, pay attention: DailyKos is a site that uses thought reform tactics to promote authoritarian Democratic party propaganda. Whether it started off with this intention is debatable but there is very little doubt in my mind, after having seen it in action in the 2008 election season, that it was exploited by the political campaign operatives and that Markos put his thumb heavily on the scales for the Edwards campaign and then Obama’s campaign. Alternative voices were purged. Here are some posts I wrote a few months ago to warn people about the dangers of thought reform in the political blogosphere.
Finally, those of you doubting Thomasina’s who are caught completely off guard about what is happening this year and can’t possibly believe that Hillary was done in by her own party, go back to the origins of this blog and read from the beginning. We followed it very closely. It is not a pretty story. You will be disgusted.
I’ve got a theory that the last thing Republicans want is for the Democrats to start advocating for women. It suits them just fine that there are so many libertarian and conservative Blue Dog Democrats running for office. It works in the Republicans’ favor that so many new Democratic candidates are center right. The minute that the Democratic party starts to get energized and stops sitting on women, the non-religious and labor, the Republicans will be in trouble. As long as the Democrats take no stand, the Republicans win.
Think about it.
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