Patrick will get a pass for his corporate ties because the liberals will be too afraid to treat him like your average corporate Republican because they don't want to appear racist. As we have seen already, they are trying to spin his corporate past into a positive, and when has a liberal (or liberal media, for that matter) ever done that for a Republican? Usually, that's their first line of attack. I guess Affirmative Action is not just about quotas.There's so much wrong with that statement, I don't know where to begin. However, I guess I should start with the fact that it's just downright dispicable in Daffey Duck, Looney-Tunes proportions. Charley at BMG is right to write,
I'm trying hard to disentangle the weird knot of projection, attempted mind-reading, and ad hominem in that post, but it's just too crazy. I suppose maybe we should be glad that someone's not afraid to be racist, and is willing to bring up the "affirmative action" canard when a black person runs for office. Feels like the '80's again, doesn't it?It seemingly made Charley sick to his stomach. Yet, it extends beyond that.
It isn't just offensive. It's also very, very wrong. For starters, Patrick isn't just another Corporate Republican. He's not a Republican at all. In fact, in the very same offensive Hub Politics blog, they criticize Deval Patrick for being the most liberal of the Democratic candidates for Governor. So, Hub Politics, what exactly is he? I'm confused. Is Deval a Corporatist Stooge or a Liberal Whacko? Surely, one can't be both.
Furthermore, Hub Politics ignores why Deval left Coke. In an amazing peice of guilt-by-association, apparently Deval should be destroyed by the left-wing of the Democratic party because Deval worked for a big, bad corporation. Well, it doesn't work like that. Not only is the article Hub Politics uses the worst peice of journalism seen since the days of Judy Miller at the New York Times, but it's also seems to be part of a greater Swift-Boating smear campaign against Deval. Indeed, neither the Boston Globe article nor the Hub Politics blog mentions just why Deval Patrick left Coke.
But we're a bunch of liberal whackos! We don't question our leaders. According to Hub Politics, it shouldn't matter that Deval has ran the first very successful people-powered state-wide movement, he was a corporate stooge. It shouldn't matter that Deval hasn't spent a dime on TV ads, he worked for Big, Bad Coca-Cola! It shouldn't matter that Deval was behind getting Texaco to admit that Global Warming exists (and they're to my knowledge the only American Oil Company to do so)... he worked for Texaco!
However, unfortunately for Hub Politics, Deval Patrick supporters aren't foaming-at-the-mouth, fuming, mindless liberal whackos. In fact, just read Susan's piece on the reason why Deval Patrick left Coke. Unlike Hub Politics, we know Deval left because he wanted to open an investigation about what happened in Columbia, but higher ups didn't. So Deval left.
What's almost as pathetic as the entire rant itself is the fact that media outlets like NECN and the Boston Globe have propped up Hub Politics with the likes of Blue Mass Group. Earth to the media: Hub Politics isn't anywhere near a BMG. BMG broke the story about how Killer Coke wasn't really a group at all, BMG went with it to attack Deval and liberals in general. Heck, Hub Politics isn't even a Beyond 495, .08 and a Donkey, Marry in Massachusetts or Left in Lowell. At least they use facts and research and have the tenacity to question the evil liberal media.
But it goes right along with the media's MO. The media doesn't report news, they have pundits. The media doesn't do investigative journalism, they write giant stories based on White House PR. In fact, there's always two sides to a media story, even if there should be one or ten. Sometimes things are either right or wrong, but the media only sees red and blue. While Hub Politics attacks Deval based on some wierd accusation of Affirmative Action, isn't it ironic that the they've been lifted by the media as a right-winger in a left-wing blogosphere?
It doesn't matter. It's time that the media start reporting the news, not the pundits. There shouldn't be two republican pundits and Al Sharpton on TV to talk about why we've been having lots of heatwaves over the past few years. The fact that the media - and even BMG on occasion - feels the necessity to prop up Hub Politics when clearly talent would suggest they don't deserve it is rather pathetic, especially when there probably are deserving conservatives out there who truly are voices of reason.