August 21, 2005


Machine Dreams (MATT BAI, 8/21/05. NY Times Magazine)

If you needed any more proof that Democratic politics were in a profound state of upheaval, consider this: on the eve of the 2004 election, there were three especially powerful groups, aside from the Kerry campaign itself, working to turn out votes for the party in critical states, and those were the Democratic National Committee, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and a lavishly endowed start-up known as America Coming Together. Nine months later, not one of these institutions has emerged entirely intact. First, Howard Dean staged a hostile takeover of the D.N.C. Then big labor unraveled on its 50th birthday. And finally, earlier this month, ACT announced that it was suspending most of its operations and closing down its state offices, effectively shuttering the largest independently financed turnout drive in history after a single outing.

It was hard not to think of ACT's demise as a kind of political version of ''Titanic'' -- a story of hubris and oversize ambition.

The premise of the emerging Democratic majority was that ypou could cobble together a number of groups that didn't actually share any general ends, bercause they'd see it as a means to their own special end. Now they can't even hold the individual special interest groups together. The politics of the self is necessarily atomizing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2005 8:26 AM

The Democrats have always been a bunch of self interests sharing an umbrella of media approval and complicity. As long as they could keep up the pretense of fighting for the downtrodden and the rights of the poor victims of evil corporations, all was well.

With the emergence of the internet and true diversity, the gorgeous rainbow of multi-cultists have been exposed for the power-hungry, money-grubbing, headline-grabbing narcissists and liars they are.

As the nursery rhyme says, All the king's horses and all the king's men, and more importantly even George Soros, can't put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Posted by: erp at August 21, 2005 10:50 AM

Labor has a death wish. The Northwest Airlines mechanics union has just declared a strike, even though Northwest has been preparing for a strike for months, has hired and traiend replacement workers, and will most likely declare bankruptcy where they can permanently replace the striking workers and shed much of their pension obligations.

My neighbor, a retired Northwest pilot, stands to lose 80% of his pension income.

Joining a union is more and more like entering into a suicide pact.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 21, 2005 11:12 AM
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