In today's snapshot, C.I. notes:
She's referring to Robert Parry and the crap he wrote -- which for some reason David Swanson posted at his site. On the phone, C.I. asked me to look at it and see if I wanted to tackle it at Third this weekend.
I'd love to.
But in the meantime, we can enjoy John Halle at Corrente:
While it is altogether reasonable to debate the effectiveness of third party strategies, substantive analyses require, at minimum, a responsible and balanced presentation of the positions which they are critiquing without resorting to straw man arguments and caricature.
That Mr. Parry's piece is almost entirely based on the latter is apparent from his continual references to third party supporters as motivated by a childish desire for revenge namely, to "teach the Dems a lesson." Nowhere does he refer by name to any individuals who hold that opinion, or include a quotation containing these words.
Likely this is because few serious third party advocates would endorse anything of the kind. Rather what third party supporters endorse is not the negative goal of punishment but the positive objective of developing institutions, partisan and otherwise, which are independent of the Democratic Party. This is an urgent necessity based on the now decades long history of the Democratic Party functioning as "a graveyard for progressive energies."I am really shocked and appalled by what Robert Parry wrote and he's so disgusting that I'm surprised I can feel so much outrage over what he wrote. I'm voting Green. You should consider it.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):