Quote of the Day (and a question)

So the quote of the day comes from an unnamed conservative at a luncheon attended by Lorelei Kelly:


"The liberals were pretty much right on Viet Nam. And what did that get them? They destroyed their reputation on national security for three decades."
Yes, of course that's only part of the story but let's discuss it in its current iteration. Noting that this weekend's march on DC to stop the war "has the potential to be a positive step forward in encouraging liberal Members of Congress to agitate for an exit strategy... [it] could be an on-message, problem-solving American exercise in participatory democracy," she asks this question:

"Is the organization ANSWER working for Karl Rove?"

Kelly points out that ANSWER's extreme views on Israel allow even the dimmest of pols and pundits to paint any Democrat in attendance with the guilt-by-association brush, making it that much harder to effectively lobby for an end to the war.

She tartly writes:
"ANSWER is short for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. I wonder if they ever considered that one way to stop war is to help progressive leaders become seen as serious policy advocates on issues of national security and defense. (instead of spending time playing "cry uncle" with AIPAC)"
The essence of the argument is a variant of this question: Would you rather be right or effective. ANSWER knows where it stands but the peace movement as a whole, Dems, progressives, liberals, the lot of 'em, haven't staked out their territory. Which leads us right back to the quote of the day. What's gained by being right if you can't get your message across? (Democracy Arsenal)

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