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Are you telling me I’ve turned into a damned, dirty ape? *

We talked about the descent of Chris Bower last night in our open thread but, it’s a trend that goes beyond poor Chris (Donna Brazile kicked us all to the curb on election night on national TV). The Bower’s post defies parody — in fact to assure yourself that it isn’t self-parody — you might find yourself reading the whole thing. Excerpt follows:

So, unless Obama somewhat surprisingly does not become the next President of the United States, the Democratic Party will experience its first changing of the guard since the late 1980’s. What differences will be in store? Here are the three major changes I expect:

Cultural Shift: Out with Bubbas, up with Creatives: There should be a major cultural shift in the party, where the southern Dems and Liebercrat elite will be largely replaced by rising creative class types. Obama has all the markers of a creative class background, from his community organizing, to his Unitarianism [sic], to being an academic, to living in Hyde Park to shopping at Whole Foods and drinking PBR. These will be the type of people running the Democratic Party now, and it will be a big cultural shift from the white working class focus of earlier decades. Given the demographics of the blogosphere, in all likelihood, this is a socioeconomic and cultural demographic into which you fit. Culturally, the Democratic Party will feel pretty normal to netroots types. It will consistently send out cultural signals designed to appeal primarily to the creative class instead of rich donors and the white working class.

I dreamt about this damn post all night; stewing and steaming and muttering. I want to be a lady but, I find myself thinking in streams of expletives. Thankfully Anglachel came to the rescue. Her post, Revolution of the Saints, puts The Movement into historical perspective. Then it moves on to compare the two candidates and their vision of the role of the Democratic Party:

Hillary, in stark contrast, is ministerial in her approach. This is a job, it is the most demanding job in the world, and here are her credentials and body of work to demonstrate that she is the most competent and capable to fulfill the needs of the position. Minister in this sense would be both political and religious – someone who tends to the needs and concerns of the beloved community. It’s hands on, sleeves rolled up, get dirty helping raise the barn or negotiate that treaty. Power is present and necessary, wielded for the sake of others, which requires her to explain in as much detail as you want to hear exactly how she will use the authority granted to her. It is straight up attention to material interests.

What I see rising from the other side is clearly of two kinds. Half of Obama’s support is simply racial identity voting. The other half is from the faction of the party that is significantly insulated from the stark world of need and want. There is a love of the other-worldly where the beauty of the idea and the ideal matters more than the base. The political “base” is seen as base – low, uncouth, adulterated, impure, unworthy. They are not among the saved and the saints. I honestly cannot remember a previous time when so many people in the party were reviled for doing nothing except vote for a conventional candidate. These are not Naderites or Wallace supporters. They are middle-of-the-road solid Democrats who voted Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Clinton, Dukakis, Mondale, Carter, Carter, and so on down the line. The contempt of the saints for the fallen has always been there, but is emerging without a filter or much in the way of self-consciousness this time. The code we learned to speak in our liberal arts colleges falls to the wayside, and I read claims of being rid of the old evil “white working class” (What of us who are not that thing? What of those of us who are?) in a final conflict to end all conflicts and there will be a purified party to which will flock millions of new, young, untainted followers, ready to be led into the land of Goshen.

Chris Bowers and Donna Brazile have made it clear: A vote for Obama is a vote against the poor. A vote for Obama is a vote against workers. A vote for Obama is a vote against good government. A vote for Obama is a vote against the future of the Democratic Party.
* Title stolen from a comment by Lori at Anglachel’s Journal

26 Responses

  1. It appears that John Edwards is putting his support behind Obama. I could not be anymore disappointed in him.

  2. Yup, we have become the new untouchables in the DNC caste system. All we are allowed to do now is to vote for the candidate chosen by members of the other Varnas.

  3. Riverdaughter, I too fumed about that comment all night long. There are so many contradictions in their thinking, but the one that struck me the most is why do they (Creative Class Dems) care about NAFTA if they don’t care about the working class? Why do they even care about the War in Iraq, since most of the Americans dying in that war are from the demographic that they no longer think matters? I don’t get it anymore. I really don’t get it.

  4. Didn’t Brazille also e-mail someone that if we didn’t like her comments that we should “stay home?” Either they’re trying to lose horribly or they want to kill us off by having our heads explode in rage and shock.

    @PJ: I’m not surprised at all actually. That NH debate switched me from an Edwards supporter to Clinton’s. And then there were his recent comments about how although she has her good points she does represent “old politics.”

  5. Davidson-

    Tell me about it! Don’t Brazile & Bowers know that the WORST possible way to “win over voters” is by insulting them?

  6. On RD’s suggestion, I went over and read Chris Bowers’ entire entry. What a condescending piece of crap! Seriously, if I ever had any inkling of voting for Obama, it’s gone. How can his supporters go disenfranchising entire parts of the population?

    What he (and the young “creatives”) fail to understand is that Bill Clinton could NOT have won without a coalition that was inclusive (young creatives, hard working middle-class, etc.). It was the Clinton’s who reached out to the young voters and MTV generation. So now that generation is older, they’re passe – kick them to the curb. I’m over 40, highly educated, published and patented, but I guess I’m just not brilliant enough to be a “young creative”

    I also think it’s completely rude to call someone a “Bubba”. Just my opinion.

    RD is still glowing in her newfound independence! That’s what I need to do next.

  7. Half of Obama’s support is simply racial identity voting.

    I’m going to have to say it. Statements like this are as bad as the stench from OpenLeft.

  8. Oh yes, and I can’t believe their gall when they talk about “expanding the party”. Excuse me, but how is Obama “expanding the party” by LOSING VOTES? No matter how many “creative class” types come out to vote Obama, it won’t make up for the loss of blue-collar workers. Without the blue-collar base, Democrats lose. And no matter how much Brazile & Bowers & the DC media elite want to call it “racism”, it’s NOT racist and it’s NOT false.

  9. Numerically, this may work for awhile right now, as there is a black candidate who can command 90+ percent of the black vote. What happens if there is not a black candidate and the black vote looks at who represents their interests? Now I realize one great election can affect a voting group for a long time — but devastated living standards may undermine that ins a shorter time.


    The Elitism, it burns!

    Now, the poor tend to not vote in numbers representing their actual size, but they are large numbers. Combines with those who make below the median income, well, that’s the winning numbers.

    Who’s going to get them? For how long will the idea of the Old Democratic Party keep them voting Democratic?

    Think Obama will do a Blair, call the Dems “New Dems,” then become worse than the Conservatives (US ReThugs)?

  10. What does this say about John Edwards values? He was so intent in keeping the poor and disenfranchised as the keystone to his candidacy and now it seems he is getting onboard with the “new” party coalition. It appears from the video I watched over at Firedoglake that perhaps Elizabeth did not share in his selection. He was all for championing gay rights, the lower income wage earners, healthcare policies, etc., but with support thrown toward Obama it is apparent that he really does not mean what he says. Obama is simply inexperienced yet he is willing to go along with this trainwreck. He also says that we voters not onboard now will be in November. Don’t think so.

  11. @atdleft: I’m telling you that the GOP and media will make sure we don’t forget come this November (if Obama’s the nominee). Obama will be exposed and his house of cards will take a nasty hit.

    @hlr: I believe that comment was about blacks voting for Obama universally and (perhaps) those whites who want to vote for the first black candidate, believing Obama himself will be “change.” Being black has been quite the positive for Obama–against a woman. It’ll be a nasty backhand against a man.

  12. Edit: Being black will be a nasty backhand against a white man.

  13. Obama’s inclination to vote for Roberts for the SCOTUS is one example of his placing more value on the “ideal” (the intellectual power of Roberts) vs. reality. (what the effect of his Chief Justiceship will be on our lives and laws).

    The “reality-based community” has shown much of itself to be quite ready to “:transcend” reality. So in the hands of The One will these lemming dump SocSec as a universal program? Go along with the magic of the market in a not-really-universal , not-really-single payer healthcare plan? Will “seeing the light” blind them to the needs of many of our society? There sure wasn’t much sympathy for those having to choose between a gallon of milk and a gallon of gas. Atrios posted that $7.50 a gallon for gas would finally change behavior, which would be a good thing. And the dislocation for those who simply cannot afford that?

    Well, Obama served cake.

    Actual sugary, fat-laden cake, not the “cake” of the pre-French Revolution, which was bits and pieces of real bread with nutrients (as opposed to Wonder Bread).

    Krugman’s comments that partisanship is one of the few powers which will change things in the country is seeming more and more prescient.

    (Looking oversmy comment above, I see, once again, that proofreading a second time is a Really Good Thing.)

  14. http://www.slate.com/id/2180178/pagenum/all/

    One link for the Krugman call to Progessive arms.

  15. “Cultural Shift: Out with Bubbas, up with Creatives: There should be a major cultural shift in the party, where the southern Dems and Liebercrat elite will be largely replaced by rising creative class types.”

    DEAR GAWD!!!!!!! Oh, there isn’t a snowcone’s chance in hell I’d vote for this Pied Piper! Not one!

  16. Pat Johnson: My thoughts re Edwards, exactly. You always express your opinions so eloquently.
    Jerseygirl: Glad someone else remembers how Bill Clinton reached out to the MTV vote. (I’m so darn sick of hearing this “Barack the Vote” slogan. They appropriate everything.) But Bill did that without excluding his base, as you so rightly point out.
    Sugar: I love your blog. Your “Calling on Obama to Quit” made me choke, I laughed so hard.

  17. I want to send Edwards and email. A polite one. Does anyone have a good email address?

  18. Does this remind anyone of the 2006 CT Senate race? Untested candidate, pushed by the Creativists. Average voter turned off by the shrillness/smugness of some of them. Reagan dems went to Joe. They blamed the DC establishment for lack of support, which was a vaild complaint but not the whole story. And now we can watch LIe at the Repub convention this summer.

  19. Someone emailed me and said they read that Edwards said he voted for BO in NC and he will endorse the guy he voted for. This means that not one of the men Hill competed with endorsed her.

  20. I think Matalin was right, after all.

  21. ufa, what did Matalin say?

  22. Being a retired union electrician I guess I will not allowed to support the “New Democratic” party. I do not think that will be much of a loss (for me)

  23. Pat (shaking my head)

    I’m not at all surprised about Edwards remarks. His willingness to play with Obama at the NH debate gave me twinges of unease even when I was supporting him.

    And it was Hillary’s grace at that same event that made both mister and me stiffen our spines and smile. We didn’t know it but, she won us over that night.

  24. Oh yes, and I can’t believe their gall when they talk about “expanding the party”. Excuse me, but how is Obama “expanding the party” by LOSING VOTES?
    They’re going to try to pull all the Republicans who are upset at all the religious stuff.

  25. “Obama has all the markers of a creative class background, from his community organizing, to his Unitarianism [sic], to being an academic, to living in Hyde Park to shopping at Whole Foods and drinking PBR.”

    Hey, it’s the “Stuff White People Like” party!!! Our party could become a parody.

    Not sure these links below will work but check #48, #12 & #8.out at the website I’ve linked with my name.




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