Video: Ed Schultz speech to nutroots conference pretty much what you’d expect
posted at 6:17 pm on July 23, 2010 by Allahpundit
Given his track record, I’m going to inch out on the limb and guess that this isn’t taken out of context. Lotttts of whining about Fox News, lotttts of whining about disloyal Democrats, which is par for the course for the annual Yearly Kos or Netroots Nation or whatever-they’re-calling-it-now conference. The point of these meet-ups was, is, and shall ever be to assure lefties in the audience that (a) they’re right about everything, (b) they’re not being mean enough to conservatives, and (c) they need to purge the treacherous centrists in their ranks. In other words, it’s exactly like what the media tells you conservatives are like whenever it’s lecturing about “epistemic closure.” To wit:
“There’s a lot of Democrats I’ll be happy to see go,” Moulitsas said in an interview. “I’ll celebrate when Blanche Lincoln is out of the Senate. There is a price to be paid for inaction and incompetence. We’re not getting much done with 59 [Democratic senators], so if we’re down to 54, who cares?”
Moulitsas went on to suggest that a smaller Democratic majority in the House might be better for advancing a more progressive agenda. “If 20 Blue Dogs lost their seats, nobody’s going to care,” he said. “That’s their problem and I’m not going to cry about them. To me, a more cohesive caucus might be a better deal moving forward than one in which the Blue Dogs need to be appeased.”…
“As a party, we respect the role that people like him and his blog play and understand that their role is to try to push the envelope further than it might be pushed otherwise,” said a senior Democratic official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “This has been the busiest and most successful Congress since the Great Depression and it’s been accomplished with big majorities. I don’t think anyone can argue that it would be better if Democrats are in the minority or have smaller majorities.”
But Moulitsas’s views were echoed by other progressive leaders who spoke on panels Thursday.
As for Schultz’s histrionics, after all the Journolist fantasias about throwing conservatives through plate glass windows and watching Rush Limbaugh die in agony from a heart attack, I’m sort of impressed that he says he doesn’t want Beck to go blind. You’re making progress, Ed. Maybe you’re one of those centrists that Netroots Nation needs to purge. (Speaking of which, this clip is high-larious.) Oh — it may interest you to know that a certain Truther-petition-signing progressive all-star made a cameo at the convention earlier today. His reception? A standing ovation, of course.