Matt Bai is a Moron
By 2006 I’d been blogging for about a year and while I did not attend the initial Netroots Nation I well remember the sensation caused by Mark Warner’s Chocolate Fountain. Indeed, it inspired me to write what I consider one of my very best (and least noticed) pieces ever- My Las Vegas Convention- A Happy Story.
At 6:06 the doors opened on this ballroom that occupied the entire floor. The view was spectacular, all up and down the Strip. There were 2 Champagne Fountains and 2 Chocolate Dippers. There were buffet tables and carving stations. THERE WAS AN OPEN BAR! Four of them, it’s a fun club.
So basically there were 20 people there. And me. And my sweetheart. All sweaty and flushed and tired, our credentials flopping around our necks.
Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and company go down the hall? It was kind of like that, only bigger and longer. At the end of (no kidding) about a quarter of a mile was the DJ. We wandered up and said hi and he said- “So is there anything you want to hear?” I let her pick the song. It was slow and sappy and we grabbed each other and spun around, alone on acres of dance floor, on top of the world.
The operative part is “2 Champagne Fountains and 2 Chocolate Dippers”.
The moral of that piece I’ll leave you to judge, but you’ll understand I’m not easily impressed.
Mark Warner’s Chocolate Fountain Remorse
By: emptywheel Tuesday November 9, 2010 5:36 am
Once upon a time in 2006, a dirty fucking hippie blogger had an opportunity to ask aspiring presidential candidate Mark Warner a few questions. Mark Warner had just dedicated part of a speech to talking about how Iran was the biggest WMD threat. So with her questions, the dirty fucking hippie blogger asked Mark Warner how, if the NIE had said Iran was years away from having nukes whereas Pakistan and its al Qaeda favoring Generals and unstable government already had nukes, Iran could be the biggest WMD threat. Warner then listed three reasons why Iran was the biggest WMD threat: its support of Hezbollah and Hamas, its nutty president, and its aspirations for hegemony in the Middle East. “But none of those things are WMD,” the blogger said.
Matt Bai, who observed the entire exchange, would later blame the dirty fucking hippie’s questions (which, after all, proved correct on several counts and served mostly to highlight to Warner how blindly he had embraced a popular talking point) for single-handedly driving nice moderate Mark Warner from the presidential race and with him potentially the ability to succeed as a party.
The dirty fucking hippie blogger took from that exchange the following: 1) Mark Warner doesn’t have the analytic ability to understand what threatens this country 2) Matt Bai tends to spout stupid centrist ideology even when reality proves him wrong.
Now, Mark Warner and his friends that maintain the deficit as a bigger threat than a stagnant economy are precisely what we dirty fucking hippie bloggers point to as the problem with the last two years. Because these centrists put their own pet theories ahead of real analysis of what our country needed, the legislation they passed failed to do the job. It’s the economy, stupid, and the economy is still so shitty at least partly because deficit scolds like Mark Warner cut the already too-small stimulus package back when it could do some good.
Which is what Matt Bai fails to understand with his piece trying to refute the theory that Democrats failed because they catered to people like Mark Warner.
What Bai and Warner choose not to understand is that centrism is an ideology even more stubborn than the left or right they love to attack, but an ideology that got us into the mess we’re in now, both fiscally and electorally.
Matt Bai thinks Ronald Wilson Reagan was the bestest President ever.