This is a debate worth having. -Patrick
After countless blog posts and articles on why the Left is dominating the Right on the web it has become abundantly clear to me that a major reason for this phenomenon is that the Left places ideology before partisan politics. The Netroots grew by offering liberal activists countless opportunities to voice their opinions and organize on the Web. They did not compromise their wrapped ideology to defend apostate Democrats.
The prime example of this is the campaign against lifelong Democrat Joe Lieberman. This game plan took a page from the rise of the modern conservative movement. Buckley's National Review vigorously opposed the popular Republican Dwight Eisenhower on several occasions. When Richard Nixon wandered to the Left the conservative movement rallied behind the challenge of Representative John Ashbrook. And there are countless other examples of conservatives directly challenging Republicans when the Republicans acted like liberals.
Over at the Corner Byron York lifts quote from Kos:
Markos Moulitsas made these statements minutes apart on MSNBC:
I'm not going to carry water for Barack Obama…I'm not going to be like the Republicans who excused George Bush time and time again.
He goes on to state that questionable assessment that Obama is not tacking to the center.
Which should not blind us to the lesson to be learned from the above tactic. Several studies have shown that web activists are driven by causes. The Left's success is testimony in support of that assessment.
The Rightroots is suffering from the lack of sharply defined ideological goals. Our most potent issues, defense of the traditional family, right to life, English as the official language, opposition to illegal immigration rarely make it to the Right blogs.
On the contrary Instapundit and the Pajamas Media crowd support gay marriage. The free market, neocons defend open borders. And most blogs refuse to call out Republicans when they are wrong.
If we keep this up our web movement will be still born in the crib. We can not be or be perceived as apologists for the Republican Party. Conservative principles must be our guiding light.