The Moose comments on ideological diversity.
The Moose does not hate George W. Bush. That is a very controversial statement in almost all of the left and in much of the Democratic Party. In fact, Bush hatred is the ticket for entry into the progressive movement.
Bush loathing goes beyond mere opposition to Bush policies. It requires rejecting anything the Administration supports. It is certainly the defining belief of the blogosphere and it infects much of the Democratic Party. The implicit party discipline of the left is to punish all those who do not subscribe to hatred of all things Bush. That is what is required to be on the “team.”
Yes, there is an element of conservatism that attempts to apply a Lenninist discipline on ideological heterodoxy. In fact, the Moose was the target of their efforts. The Moose has enjoyed the distinct pleasure of being labeled both a Republican squish and a Rovian plant. But, based upon personal exposure to both sides of the political spectrum, this mammal can confidently observe that there is more tolerance for differences on the right side of the spectrum than on the left.
While Greenwald suggests that “loyalty” to Bush is the requirement for the right, the standard to to be a member in good standing of the liberal/left community is hatred of Bush. The Moose opposes most of the economic agenda of the Administration. However, he critically supports the President in the war on terror – including the NSA program. This has won the Moose the visceral opprobrium of the left. Because in the left wing universe, one must oppose everything the President supports. The truth is that a good part of the left believes that George W. Bush is a greater threat to America than Osama bin Laden.
Yes Virginia, there is a left wing Cult of Bush Hatred.
There is far too much ideological conformity in both parties. That is why the Moose belongs to neither. It would be far better if both sides of the ideological spectrum to have more introspection and self-knowledge.
The Moose was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute which recently hired one Lewis “Scooter” Libby, currently under indictment for one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements in the Valerie Plame case. The Hudson Institute is also home to Michael “Pay for product placement” Fumento.
The Moose is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Previously, he was Director of Communications for Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
Prior to that the Moose “served as the Heritage Foundation‘s director of congressional relations both for the U.S. House and Senate. Wittmann also served as the Christian Coalition‘s director of legislative affairs. In the Bush Administration, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services. Wittmann also was the legislative representative with the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a public affairs specialist with the National Treasury Employees Union.” (my emphasis)
So when the Moose claims that “There is far too much ideological conformity in both parties. That is why the Moose belongs to neither” we feel compelled to call:
This is not to say that the Moose should be kicked off of the team. We suspect that The Moose never even showed up for tryouts and there is more to being on the team than wearing a replica jersey, sitting on the bench and cheering occasionally, hoping all of the time that no asks you for your field pass.