One wonders what the uniform of these brutes looks like. Do MoveOners and their nightriders at Color of Change wear hobnailed boots? Do they goosestep? Who is their leader? Those who follow their work tell me it is George Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire who once spread his millions to encourage the Open Society in the countries of the former Soviet bloc. When I first heard of him and of his enthusiasm for the Open Society, I thought he was a friend of freedom and democracy. The attempt to intimidate the Black Caucus and take over the Democratic Party is not the work of a true democrat or friend of the Open Society. MoveOn's work is alien from what we in America recognize as true liberal values: free debate, tolerance and opposition to coercion.
The Black Caucus is more in touch with those values. It is those values that eventually triumphed over oppression and racism. Members of the Black Caucus are often themselves old enough to have fought for those values in the civil rights movement. They are practical enough politicians to know that they need the support of a broad base of Americans for their Democratic Party to be a winning party. Fox News is a runaway winner in cable news ratings. More than half of its audience is composed of independent voters and Democrats. It is perfectly sensible for the Black Caucus to combine with Fox to sponsor open debates among Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Now, cowed by the bullies, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have pulled out of forthcoming Black Caucus-Fox debates. There is courage for you. An anonymous army of bloggers from Color of Change and MoveOn sitting around in their pajamas and underwear tap out threats and the aforementioned Democratic presidential candidates vamoose.
Yet there is the stuff of amusement here. Despite their tough language the bloggers' uniforms remain pajamas and underwear. The tougher ones probably wear no clothes at all. Sitting before their computers the naked armies of the night are intent on taking over the Democratic Party. I look forward to their appearance at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. My only question is: Who will be pliable enough to be their candidate?