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Democrats will probably apologize for Limbaugh’s anti semitism

The major voice of the rightwing is in the news for this kind of bad crazy:

Rush: He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.

Then he says the ADL should apologize to him:

Calling for Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to apologize to him, Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that he was referring only to what “Jew-haters” believe when he made comments about Jewish people on Wall Street. In fact, while Limbaugh did discuss what he said people with prejudice believe, he also clearly stated — as fact and in his own voice — that “a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.”

At the same time, the Democratss appear to be considering dropping the pre existing conditions safety for people over 19.

This leads to the inevitable question: why are the Dems, every hour on the hour, shooting themselves in their feet? Why, when the opposition is led by troglodytes like Limbaugh, are they seemingly incapable of getting out their message?

I’ve been thinking about the ludicrously bad job they have been doing on propagating their message. A lot of the Republicans’ success is down to structural issues: the corporate media likes their positions much better and most journalists are either completely on board or play along because they’ve become accustomed to their paychecks.

But, despite its status as the sole official news source, nobody in the USSR was buying what Pravda was selling. Progressives could be a great avenue to get around the misinformation put out by the rightwing Republicans and their corporate bosses.

However, the Democrats have so neutered their actual policies that progressives are not feeling inclined to carry any of their water. This is not the first time this pattern has been enacted, which leads to another inevitable question: is this what the Democrats want?

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Digby has a great piece up on Kennedy’s denunciation of Robert Bork. It’s not only an important reminder of a good thing Kennedy did.

On a metadiscursive level, it’s an important reminder of how the right wingers and Republicans are good at getting their point of view out early and often and, in doing so, are often successful in setting the terms of the debate.

There’s been a lot of discussion from all corners about how the wingers and Republicans lost the online and ‘technology’ arenas in the last two elections.

There’s some truth to that. But it’s also still true that right wingers and Republicans are frequently very good — and frequently better than progressives, liberals and Democrats — at getting their message out and setting the terms of the debate.

But, thanks to the technology of the interactive web, there is no reason for their message dominance to continue.

If you haven’t already, please read Digby’s post.

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