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Save Your Money, Don’t Buy Crashing the Gate

by RonChusid

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Knowing that times are tough for some, The Democratic Daily continues to provide valuable tips to save you money. Last week we reported how to get a free cup of Starbucks coffee. Today we will save you even more, $25 to be exact (minus discounts). Our advice: Do not waste your money on Crashing the Gate.

My initial impression from an excerpt was correct. The book is full of the same superficial political analysis seen at Daily Kos. Making matters far worse, Kos and Armstrong take every chance they get to take a cheap shot at John Kerry. In discussing the 2004 nomination battle they white wash every mistake Dean made which cost him the nomination and blame it all on Kerry, Gephardt, and the party establishment. Unsubstantiated attacks previously made on Kerry are presented as facts without any supporting evidence.

Kerry is falsely portrayed as a supporter of the war while Dean is called an opponent despite the lack of any significant difference in their positions. Kerry is blamed for the anti-Dean ads purchased by Americans for Jobs and Health Care based on the flimsy evidence that a former Kerry aide later worked for them. (Meanwhile Kos’s actual financial ties to the Dean campaign at the time he was trashing Kerry is not seen as a conflict of interest). Dean appearances are described as the greatest moment in American democracy while Kerry speeches are described as “tragically comic” as Teresa was “fidgeting by his side.” The DNC election is falsely portrayed as a loss by Kerry, who was “under delusions that he was still in charge of the party,” and a victory for the netroots. No mention that Dean’s victory actually was ultimately unopposed by Kerry and was the result of Dean personally meeting with the DNC members to demonstrate he was a moderate member of the establishment as opposed to a radical from the netroots.

While most thought that the 2004 nomination battles were long over, they continue forever in the pages of this book, and on the blogs of its authors. If Kos and Armstrong have the goal of bringing about success for the Democratic Party, Swiftboating John Kerry in a manner every bit as dishonest as was done by the GOP is a poor way to accomplish this.

(My initial impressions upon receiving the book were also noted in the comments and at Democratic Underground.)

8 Responses to “Save Your Money, Don’t Buy Crashing the Gate”

  1. I haven’t paid too much attention to this issue, though I know a lot of blogs, left and right have, particularly Kos –

    Bloggers push politics aside in fight against FEC

  2. I don’t suppose Dean would be loyal enough to the party to tell Kos he needs to change his tune and sing a little harmony. I gather Dean’s “gate crashing’ was the basis of the title.

    Does he actually have any ideas on what the Party should do?
    Another review we discussed had mentioned the liberal think tanks.

    As far as the Internet regulations, we can all safely bet that whatever could be done unethically. the GOP has been at it for years. So the regulations will have loopholes they can walk through. Move On has been working this I think.

  3. Ginny

    Doesn’t the cover depict the White House? I’ve been trying to figure out what gate he thinks he crashed? His candidate never got out of the gate. None of them have if I a not mistaken. I don’t believe Kos has picked any sort of primary winner yet.

  4. Please post a diary on DailyKos. There’s no reason why a dialogue shouldn’t come of this.

  5. When I read Kos, I see someone who aspires to be a master political strategist but who has no sense of the nuts and bolts, street-level aspect of a campaign.

    I wouldn’t try to speak for the entire state of Iowa, but in my corner the Kerry campaign had the best organizers- very capable, detail oriented & personable young couple, careful with money- followed by the Edwards people. The Dean rep was a good guy, but he just wasn’t in the same league.

    The other thing we saw locally was that, once the caucuses were over, quite a few (not all) of the local Dean supporters just faded away for the rest of the year, and didn’t pitch in for November. So it never really surprises me that the ‘netroots’ have a hard time being taken seriously.

    But that’s just me.

  6. Nick Carraway

    Kerry had “the” ground team in Iowa. It was a well kept secret, while the Dean people got they hype, that was all they had.

  7. Kerry’s campaign wasn’t a total secret–there were ocassional stories on it and some journalists predicted a Kerry upset in Iowa. Some people just preferred to believe that the Democratic race was decided before it ever started.

  8. Is there any surprise Kos is still fighting the primary battle? Good grief. Frankly, the problem with many of Dean’s followers is not that they are young (I fall in their same age bracket), but that they are immature. I sympathize in a way because obviously they felt very passionate about their candidate and they got caught up in the hype that the MSM provided. They were practically assured victory and then, seemingly in an instant, it was all taken away. They went from being a part of what they thought was a major movement to maniacs, hence the them being known as Deaniacs. And it’s just plain natural human emotion that when something doesn’t go your way it’s never your fault it’s the other guy’s, preferably the perceived winner in the situation. All of us do it or have done this. The difference is at some point, reason and reality sets in and you are able to rationally see what really happened and why. Sadly, reality and reason will never set in for some of these folks and they will forever remain irrational Deaniacs to the rest of bloggerdom — never to be taken really seriously.

    I really do feel sorry for them in a way. Everything they believed in was all puffery. Like many groups or movements, their numbers were definitely inflated. They were shocked they weren’t the national movement they thought. They taught everyone in the pol game a valuable lesson. Just because you disproportionately clog up the political blogs on the Internet doesn’t mean you are a national movement. Folks still like to see and meet their candidates up close or at least see them in debates on tv. Dean’s message sounded good on the internet but obviously the primary voters didn’t like him quite as much up close and personal. It happens. Get over it. It still doesn’t give them the right to trash other candidates unfairly with baseless accusations and claims. And that’s where my sympathy runs dry.