David Brooks has a very interesting piece in The New York Times today about the real effect the netroots are having on the Democratic party. Far left bloggers at the Daily Kos and others would like Democrats to believe that the netroots have taken over the Democratic party, but the numbers simply don’t bear that out.

In the first place, the netroots candidates are losing. In the various polls on the Daily Kos Web site, John Edwards, Barack Obama and even Al Gore crush Hillary Clinton, who limps in with 2 percent to 10 percent of the vote.

Brooks correctly points out that Hillary Clinton has maintained a commanding lead over her rivals, while for the most part taking a very centrist position on most issues. He notes that while Mrs. Clinton is not eager to offend MoveOn.org, she’s not carrying there water either. Her position on Iraq as outlined over the weekend on the Sunday talk show circuit is not even close to that of the shrill netroots. The column also points out that many Democrats privately detest the netroots for there aggressive bullying tactics and unrealistic expectations.

The fact is, many Democratic politicians privately detest the netroots’ self-righteousness and bullying. They also know their party has a historic opportunity to pick up disaffected Republicans and moderates, so long as they don’t blow it by drifting into cuckoo land. They also know that a Democratic president is going to face challenges from Iran and elsewhere that are going to require hard-line, hawkish responses.

John Edwards was recently asked by David Brooks what it was like to be at the Yearly Kos convention recently. He couldn’t remember what event Brooks was talking about, and had to ask his assistant what that was.

By Chris Jones
The Hot Joints


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