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Friday, August 12, 2005

Majikthise Hosting the Circular Firing Squad

The best part is, the target of the circular firing squad is the circular firing squad -- that is, the party disunity railed against in this thread is evidenced by the thread, something I'm sure is lost on none of the participants. It's like rain on your wedding day.

I think Majikthise is the bee's knees, and I think this is a worthy debate we need to have -- i.e., the degree to which we should compromise the root intellectual pluralism of progressive thought in service of party / movement unity -- if suggesting such a debate isn't itself as paradoxical as everything else about this discussion. I find it suggestive that her title, "The first rule of Fight Club," alludes unabashedly, if with tongue in cheek, to the necessarily cultish overtones of demanding that those Democrats with misgivings about NARAL's campaign of misinformation against Judge Roberts reserve their squabbling for hissed exhanges in the bedroom after the children are asleep.

In any event, I don't have a lot to contribute that I haven't already said in other connections, both here and in at least one comment at her site, but I do think the discussion is well worth having and is hosted well at her blog. There is also some cross-posting / -commenting going on between Majikthise, and Sebastian Holsclaw and Katherine over at Obsidian Wings. A clash of the titans of sorts, and on a crucially important topic.

1 Comments:

Anonymous binky said...

"the degree to which we should compromise the root intellectual pluralism of progressive thought in service of party / movement unity"

OK fine, but if you are the one being compromised all the time you get a little testy. The democrats are better than republicans in a lot of ways, yet they still have a problems. Look, as I've argued to you before, women support things in the party without raising the kind of divisive criticism that is coming out over abortion - with democrats talking "oh it's not such a big deal to let it go back to the states" - why shouldn't they expect support from the party now? Or is this another case of "honey I know you worked as a waitress so I could go to med school, but..."

"necessarily cultish overtones of demanding that those Democrats with misgivings about NARAL's campaign of misinformation against Judge Roberts reserve their squabbling for hissed exhanges in the bedroom after the children are asleep"

Well, this is one of the things that has made the republicans strong. They keep a solid public front.

I'm not so shocked as everyone else about a nasty ad. There are two ways to play it. 1) Play nice, take the high road, and get your teeth kicked in. I can respect the refusal to play dirty, but I am not going to be Pollyanna-ish about the consequences. 2) Play nasty, filty, and vicious. Yes, it "brings you down to their level." It's politics, for crying out loud. Everyone's already in the gutter. [shrug]

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