That’s “Democrats In Name Only.”
Here is an important email from Josh Mitteldorf, urging that we take a long hard look into the “opposition party,” to find out why it’s not an opposition party.
The reason our republic is in crisis is not that we have a ruthless, criminal administration in power; it is not that the press is controlled by self-serving corporations; it is not because rampant bribery has overtaken the Congressional agenda; and the massive, devious and sinister program by Repuglicans to subvert democracy is still not adequate explanation for the crisis. The reason our republic is in crisis is that we have no opposition party.
Without proof, I offer the following hypothesis as a possible explanation for softness of the Democrat opposition: the Democratic party is thoroughly infiltrated by well-paid, under-cover agents of the Right.
It is awfully convenient for the junta that controls America that mainstream Dems are not screaming, “Crisis! Crisis!” In abandoning a great mass of disaffected voters on the left to pursue a tiny sliver of swing voters at the ever-shifting right, the Dems have forsaken their majority status. With their silent acquiescence to election theft, they have helped Repuglicans hollow out the foundation on which Democracy is built.
Perhaps the Democratic surrender should not be attributed to stupidity or incompetence. Rather than puzzle about all this behavior that runs dramatically counter to the Democrats’ self-interest, we should be asking, In whose interest are these policies being pursued? This line of reason leads to the hypothesis that the Democratic party has been deeply infiltrated. Many of the weak candidates that run and win in Democratic primaries are posing in this role in order to subvert the party; and trusted advisors who are whispering in the ears of top Democratic leaders are double agents, generously funded by the Right to infiltrate and subvert the Democratic strategy machine.
We know that the “conservative” takeover of the Repuglican party and the American government which we have witnessed in recent years was masterminded and meticulously planned decades ago by a handful of rich fascists: Irving Kristol, Nelson and Bunker Hunt, Richard Mellon Scaife, Joseph Coors
(http://hnn.us/roundup/comments/11377.html ). We know that their plan allowed for initiatives in the media, for think-tank facades, which fabricate the appearance of an intellectual base for the movement. There are paid ideological agents of the Right posing as journalists (Armstrong Williams, James Guckert) as scientists (global warming is a myth), posing as economists (deregulation; supply-side stimulation) and as policy theorists (the dangerous neocon notion of American hegemony). Why would they not have thought to pose as Democrats as well? Infiltration of the Democratic party is easy, legal, and cheap compared to these other strategies. Indeed, if they hadn’t done it we should be surprised, because the tactic is so effective: they can blunt opposition to their initiatives, and promote weaker candidates to oppose Repuglicans. They can whisper in the ears of prominent Democrats, warning them that they risk losing support in the “political center” every time they call a spade a spade. Why wouldn’t the diabolical masterminds have thought of this?
We have read about Theresa Le Pore, the butterfly ballot lady whose Repuglican loyalties were discovered too late to save the Florida election. Harris Miller is a former Diebold lobbiest running for US Senate as a Democrat (http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002254.htm). Tom Reilly is running for governor of Massachusetts on an “inclusive” platform, despite the fact that Democrats hold solid majorities throughout the state (http://news.bostonherald.com/opinion/view.bg?articleid=120778). When Katherine Harris ran for Congress in Florida, her “Democratic opponent” was a Republican running a sham campaign (http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/02/85.html). Joe Lieberman regularly gives bipartisan cover for the Bush War on Iraq. Innocuous small-town peace groups are being watched by Federal agents posing as activists (as Michael Moore has shown us http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/f911reader/index.php?id=21).
But what if these examples are only the tip of an iceberg? There may be many more “Democratic” candidates whose only interest is in tugging the party to the right for cold cash. Perhaps party leaders (Hilary Clinton? John Kerry? even Howard Dean?) are getting advice from people who wish them no good.
I don’t know that this is true, but it’s a hypothesis that ties together a number of strange trends. The challenge I’m throwing out is for someone with the means and the skills to set about investigating the subject, to trace past histories of suspect political advisors, and to ask questions of campaign insiders who may have first-hand knowledge. I’d love to know for sure.
josh at mathforum.org