The Eeyore Analysis of Iraq
: I’ll be on MSNBC in the 5p hour with Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft, who tries to wrap-up blogger reaction to the election from the antiwar camp (I won’t call it the liberal side).
Problem is, there isn’t much. Oliver did the Chicken Little dance yesterday but hasn’t acknowledged the success today. Jerome Armstrong of MyDD argues that this opens the door to an Iranian-like rule of fundamentalists but doesn’t say how he makes that prediction when the clerics decided to stay out of the Iraqi government and every poll makes it clear the people don’t want that. Armando at Kos does the Eeyore thing (see also Juan Cole, below); Kos is still silent, as is Atrios.
Whether it’s Kerry or any of these bloggers, it would be the grownup, mature, generous, humanistic, caring — yes, dare I say, liberal — thing to do to be glad that people who lived under tyranny are now giving birth to democracy.
Democracy isn’t a right-or-left thing, folks. It’s a right-and-left thing, remember?
: I think the press analysis of the election will acknowledge the good news. Jackie Spinner of the Washington Post — eviscerated by Tim Blair the other day — said without hesitation on MSNBC today that the story is the turnout. An LATimes reporter on the Friends of Democracy telecast is saying the same thing now. We’ll see.
The Times reporter is asked by the FoD’s host whether the coverage tomorrow will be “more happy” and she replies: “Well, I don’t know about happy. But we all feel it was a profound moment, there’s no question.”