Profiles in courage, as "Open" "Left" makes its single payer censorship policy explicit
[A warm welcome to the usual suspects. What took you so long? -- lambert]
Mr. Bowers loses his touch, and makes a clumsy attempt to conflate snark in a Quick Hit with commentary: "Progressive bloggers don’t write about single-payer because they are afraid of Rahm"*.
Fortunately, I assumed that "progressives" like Bowers would stoop to outright censorship at some point, so here is the post Bowers censored in order to replace with that link:
So, the question's still on the table: Why don't "progressive" bloggers cover single payer?
And now, the badge of honor!
Finally, here's the post that Bowers is concerned to avoid answering (it was at the other end of the "can't understand" link (I think) in the screen dump above). Let me just post that screen dump for the record:
Perhaps, now that I am unable to respond, Brave, Brave Sir Bowers will find it in himself to answer the questions posed. Particularly the one about the assumption of good faith...
NOTE * Somewhere in my blog travels in the last few weeks, there's been a big post from a reasonably respectable, unshrill source, that makes the same point Bowers finds so pearl-clutchingly terrible. Can't lay my hand on it, though. Readers?
NOTE The solution is really simple and it's not about lambert, as I have no doubt that Mr. Bowers does -- indeed, must -- believe, since the alternative is too frightening. At a minimum, Open Left needs to figure out whether it's about "any stick to beat a dog"-style advocacy, or about reporting. Right now, they want the credibility of being reporters, and the power of being operatives. That's why Bowers is flailing and, since he can't answer the arguments made, goes into full denial mode by shooting the most persistent messenger. That level of denial doesn't bode well for "progressives." After selling a health care policy that would have 130 million enrollees, be Medicare-like, and provide a smooth glide path to single payer, "progressives" delivered a system with 10 million enrollees by 2019, not Medicare-like, and with single payer outlawed in the states. That's a terrible track record, and if they plan to improve their performance, some level of self-criticism, some approach to "lessons learned," would seem to be the order of the day. I don't think it will happen. Denial is operating at gale force. Too bad.
NOTE I have no doubt that the usual suspects won't check the moderation policy here. Obviously, I'm not propagating right wing memes or using any stick to beat a dog-style argumentation.