January 30, 2005

Why Do They Hate Democracy [*]?

Leftyblogger, George Soros employee [he's an employee of Media Matters, which is floated by George Soros] Oliver Willis:

You know, I really wish Iraq were having an honest, safe, real election. But that isn't happening, and that's a shame. Even if you were and are opposed to this war, as I am, you would wish the Bush people would do things right just for the simple reason that it would help our standing in the world. But they can' even do that.
News flash, Ollie; this is the right thing. The Iraqis are getting a fairer election, it seems, than the people of Milwaukee, and value the opportunity, turning out in amazing numbers, more than most Americans.

Leftypolitician, George Soros project and failed presidential candidate John Kerry:

Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), D-Mass., sounded a note of caution in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"It is hard to say that something is legitimate when whole portions of the country can't vote and doesn't vote," Kerry said.

I guess the 1866 and 1872 US elections should be recalled, right?

I suppose the disenfranchisement of Nazi and neonazi parties since 1945 has illegitimated every German election of the postwar era?

Elsewhere among the leftyblogs: Soros employee Duncan Atrios Black has, it seems, hardly a word so far to say about the election. In fact, over the past week, a quick scan of Atrios' traffic shows very little talk about the biggest story of the year so far: an attempt to defend Ted Kennedy's vile statements (par for Atrios' morally-disconnected course) and this odd bon mot:

I do find the wall to wall Iraq election coverage (of Iraqi expats anyway) rather surreal, mostly because the Afghanistan election was largely ignored.
And why would Mr. Black suppose that was? Because the Afghan election didn't bleed, hence it didn't lead? Because the blue-state media is desperately hoping beyond hope that this election turns into a debacle?

As a (predictable) counterweight to the ludicrous Willis and the perfunctory Black, Matt Yglesias is broadly reasonable, although he still hopes to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory:

It's time to prepare for three weeks of gloating from the hawks before they realize that nothing has really changed and they return to previous hawk practice of not mentioning Iraq. The interesting thing to watch, I think, will be whether or not Shiite political unity starts to break down now that the elections are behind us.
Not mentioning Iraq? It's "our" number one topic; remember the Inauguration? And where has anyone said that it's going to be easy starting tomorrow?

Josh "ua Micah" Marshall seems to be completely silent.

The Iraqi election isn't the end of the war. It's the Battle of Midway. More on this later.

Why do they think all those inconveniently brown-skinned people don't want freedom?

* The title is satiric. Dimbulbbloggers like Willis frequently will find a tidbit of seeming inconsistency on, for example, an Administration trial balloon ostensibly impacting veteran's benefits, and entitle the post "Why Does Bush Hate The Military". I explain this so that you don't have to read Willis' blog. That's taking one for the team. Don't say I never did anything for you.

Posted by Mitch at January 30, 2005 12:07 PM | TrackBack

On what basis do you claim that Oliver Willis is a Soros employee?

Posted by: gonesh at January 30, 2005 12:23 PM

I'm curious, but not enough so to click through - Does Oliver bother to support his assertions this time, or does he merely let them lie there like received truth as usual? I'm so accustomed to the latter that I don't even bother to engage these people any more.

Posted by: Brian Jones at January 30, 2005 12:41 PM

Gonesh: Willis admits to working for Media Matters, which is floated by Soros' money.

Brian: Pfffft. Expect supported assertions from Marsha first.

Posted by: Mitch at January 30, 2005 12:59 PM

Brian: Of course not.

Mitch: thanks for taking one for the team. I must be more of an optimist than I think I am, as I do actually visit Willis's blog from time to time, like a CSI seeking evidence of intelligence.

Posted by: James at January 30, 2005 02:14 PM

"Finally, as Media Matters has previously noted, to date we have received no money from Soros or from any of his organizations." -

Posted by: gonesh at January 30, 2005 03:34 PM

Well, if Media Matters says so.

Posted by: mitch at January 30, 2005 07:31 PM

I think you would've wanted to use this one from NR instead, Mitch,

But this is better.

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