November 14, 2002

A Political Column From a M...

A Political Column From a Man Who Clearly Reads a Few Weblogs: By John Powers of the L.A. Weekly.

Posted by at November 14, 2002 11:32 PM
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Powers seems to be pretty torn lately, and this piece is a good example. He has a lot more venom for Media Whores Online & Gore Vidal than the Bush administration.

I'm guessing the shrill bummer of an editorial (and social?) environment at the LA Weekly has cracked him a bit. He's always been a pretty straight columnist, generally low on hyperbole. But since the column praising the Weekly Standard and NRO for having all the fun, it seems he's getting very depressed about his side.

I don't blame him, obviously. But I hope he doesn't break down and go to work for Horowitz or something. He would probably be a lot more comfortable around pieces like the Joe Klein/Reich exchange in Slate this week, where it's okay for Democrats to say, "The fuck is wrong with us? Why is life a funeral?"

Or, as Klein said: "The Democrats have to stop being so goddamned negative and pessimistic. No piece about the party should omit Dick Gephardt's famous retort to Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" ads: "It's getting closer and closer to midnight." (For that reason alone, Gephardt should be barred from further national political activity.) Reich, this is your specialty: Why are Democrats always so downbeat and mopey about the most dynamic economy in the history of the world? Why are your friends at the American Prospect so perpetually dour, dark, and humorless? ...The most important qualities that Newer Democrats need to enlist are optimism and an inspirational, idealistic American patriotism."

Posted by: Ken Layne at November 14, 2002 11:53 PM
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November 14, 2002

A Political Column From a M...

A Political Column From a Man Who Clearly Reads a Few Weblogs: By John Powers of the L.A. Weekly.

Posted by at November 14, 2002 11:32 PM
Comments

Powers seems to be pretty torn lately, and this piece is a good example. He has a lot more venom for Media Whores Online & Gore Vidal than the Bush administration.

I'm guessing the shrill bummer of an editorial (and social?) environment at the LA Weekly has cracked him a bit. He's always been a pretty straight columnist, generally low on hyperbole. But since the column praising the Weekly Standard and NRO for having all the fun, it seems he's getting very depressed about his side.

I don't blame him, obviously. But I hope he doesn't break down and go to work for Horowitz or something. He would probably be a lot more comfortable around pieces like the Joe Klein/Reich exchange in Slate this week, where it's okay for Democrats to say, "The fuck is wrong with us? Why is life a funeral?"

Or, as Klein said: "The Democrats have to stop being so goddamned negative and pessimistic. No piece about the party should omit Dick Gephardt's famous retort to Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" ads: "It's getting closer and closer to midnight." (For that reason alone, Gephardt should be barred from further national political activity.) Reich, this is your specialty: Why are Democrats always so downbeat and mopey about the most dynamic economy in the history of the world? Why are your friends at the American Prospect so perpetually dour, dark, and humorless? ...The most important qualities that Newer Democrats need to enlist are optimism and an inspirational, idealistic American patriotism."

Posted by: Ken Layne at November 14, 2002 11:53 PM
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