Thursday, February 16, 2012

Operation Hilarity not funny

Have to call foul on my own team here: Überblogger Markos "Kos" Moulitsas is pulling an Ed Fallon and urging Democrats to mess with the other party's nomination process:
It's time for those of us who live in open primary and caucus states—Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Tennessee in the next three weeks—to head out and cast a vote for Rick Santorum.

The longer this thing drags out, the more unpopular the Republican presidential pretenders become. Just look at Mitt Romney's trajectory, which followed Herman Cain's trajectory, and Newt Gingrich's trajectory, and Michelle Bachmann's trajectory, and so on.

Rick Santorum will inevitably follow the same path once he gets properly vetted.
He calls it "Operation Hilarity" and rationalizes: "Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have had no problem meddling in our own contests. And if there's one thing Daily Kos is about, it's about fighting fire with fire."

But I'm not finding his two wrongs make a right excuse funny. There's a time for fighting fire with fire, as President Obama acknowledged when he reluctantly agreed to accept SuperPAC help to battle the post-Citizen United corporate millions.

There's also a time to be better than that. It's not the place of Democrats to define the Republican Party by choosing its nominee. Such efforts escalate the monkeywrenching to the point where parties are emaningless, and I believe that one of the few positives of the polarization of recent years is that it's made parties more cohesive and meaningful. The species canis cyaneus and Lymantria dispar are nearly extinct.

Kos has done great things for the left end of the spectrum, as one of the key founders of the blogosphere as we know it. But he gets it wrong sometimes; his bitterness over Howard Dean's disappointing showing has made him the left's leading Iowa basher.

And he's wrong here. Besides, as the Republicans have shown us thus far. they don't need our help. They are capable of screwing up this race all by themselves.

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