Even Atrios gets it
[I'm stickying this because the comment section is interesting -- for the discussion of the 12-word platform, and emergent parties/movements, and not (I hasten to add) for the Clinton permathread. --lambert]
But there's still a weird sense, unlike any year in my lifetime, that this is not A Very Big Thing. I'm not quite sure how to explain what I mean.
If the "malaise" -- by which I mean reality -- has bubbled up to Atrios' level, that's very, very interesting. One wonders what the higher-ups in his faction think, if that's what he thinks.
Remember the post I wrote on finding an emotion adequate to our situation? (That is, we have the objective correlative, but just don't know what emotion to convey with it?*) Atrios's "weird sense" and "not sure how to explain" is, I think, in the same ballpark.
Note also that this Atrios post is after the RNC, the war on women, the racism, and all the rest of it at the RNCon. Yet... Fired up and ready to go? Well, not exactly.
I value Atrios -- just as a prophylactic to any off-topic "Atrios is teh suxx0r!" comments -- because he's an excellent blogger with a genius for the pithy phrase, and because he tends to be a beat ahead of the rest of the career "progressives." If Atrios -- on the single day of rest between the RNCon and the DNCon -- doesn't feel like taking down Romney with a pithy phrase, and setting the table for Obama in Charlotte, there's a reason for that, and it doesn't bode well for either legacy party.
Which I, for one, think is a very good thing.
NOTE * Like having a beautiful rose without knowing or discovering that the image of a rose could convey (be the objective correlative for) the emotion of love.