Playing the long odds
Longshots can and do win
Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:45:23 AM PDT
The dying New Republic (what are your latest circulation figures, guys?) endorses a loser like Lieberman, and it's done on principle, but bloggers fight for underdog candidates, and we're losers.
But, like I said, their batting average is still a big fat zero.
Here's TNR's assignment for the day -- call Rep. Ben Chandler and ask him what the blogger batting average is? Then call Rep. Stephanie Herseth. And Sen. Barack Obama. And, yes, Howard Dean at the DNC. Then they can call Gov. Mark Warner and ask him why he hired Jerome.
Heck, call Kerry and ask him what bloggers can do. Because if it wasn't for his own little private stash, Dean would've won the nomination. And it's obvious Kerry understands this now. Heck, even Hillary Clinton recently hired a netroots outreach staffer.
They can even call people like Sen. Russ Feingold and ask him why he spends so much time posting on blogs. And finally, they can call Gov. Brian Schweitzer and ask him why he reads so many blogs first thing in the morning (he loves both the liberal and conservative Montana bloggers and some national ones). And ta da! You have an instant story based on facts rather than sour grapes.
Backing the underdog means you will lose more often than not. Backing outside-the-establishment candidates mean we have to build momentum over time. Good thing for the modern conservative movement that they didn't pack it in after Barry Goldwater got crushed. They knew they were in it for the long haul, unlike the bitter, obsolete crew over at New Republic, cursing that newfangled people-powered media that has stripped them of whatever ill-gotten influence they used to wield.
Our job is NOT to back winners, but to MAKE winners. Sure, that means losing a LOT of races, but when we win, we win big. Why should I help people who can win without me, when it is more effective to make a close race in a GOP district, forcing them to spend money they wouldn't have to.
The should worry about the day ordinary people replace the bosses, because that day is coming. They can sneer now, but that sneer won't last long.
Let's see the Republicans do the same.
Remember when the Bushies asked people to kick in for Iraq? How much did the supporters of President Bush give?
Yeah. By rights, our money shouldn't make a difference, but it does. And that scares people.
Crossposted on the NewsBlog