Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How Does a 350-Pound Filmmaker Vanish?

[posted by Callimachus]

Alan Stewart Carl thinks one reason Democrats did so well is that the more mainstream part of the party was content to let the netroots crowd tilt at windmills offstage.

The out-of-touch but far-too-engaged leftwing netroots expended all their energy early on fighting Lieberman (and other Democrats like Texas Representative Henry Cuellar). Whether the early victory over Lieberman made them complacent or depleted their ability to make noise on a national level, the netroots did not make themselves nearly as big of a factor (or distraction) in this election as they did in 2004. Even publicity hounds Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore were strangely absent from the national spotlight during the last few months of the campaign. Without the leftwing running around and scaring voters away, the Democrats had an easier time of it.

Yeah, where were those two? Come to think of it. I expect them to come staggering out of the desert this morning, bleary-eyed and sunburned, each muttering, "The last thing I remember was accepting a drink from this very nice man from the DNC. It tasted kind of funny."