When is the 'echo chamber' the wrong metaphor?


On Monday the Times' Adam Nagourney chastised the Democrats because candidates running for Congress were actually talking abut different things in very different parts of the country. Shocking.

Nagourney thinks this is bad; he wants the Democrats all to be saying the same thing and to have a "winning" national message -- despite the fact that perhaps the most quoted cliché in politics is: "All politics is local."

Dan Carol writing on the Huffington Post calls down the Nagourney piece for the general garbage it represents, and urges the Democratic leadership not to fall into the trap.

Andrea Batista Schlesinger decontstructs Nagourney's faulty assumptions here, essentially highlighting Nagourney's attempt to squeeze the round peg of the facts into the square hole of his thesis.

So here comes Adam Nagourney in the New York Times today goading national Democrats' failure to do better together and to somehow come up with a winning "national message" like the Republicans did in 1994. To which I say - Roger Rabbit style -- pu-LEEEZE don't take this bait. We'd do better to let Democrats win locally in their own voices rather than try and come up with a bumper sticker slogan that doesn't fit all sizes and shapes.

The specter of prominent mainstream newspaper reporters undermining the Democrats with irrationality has reached new heights, and Nagourney leads the way. Atrios provides a cheat sheet of the recent works of Nagourney in the New York Times, with the admonition: Why would any Democrat want to talk with Adam Nagourney?

Paul Waldman charts the activities of Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank with his own admonition:

Here's a news flash, Democrats: The Washington press corps hates you. They think you're a bunch of losers. And the way to get them to stop writing these stories is not, repeat, not to be nice to them. Do what George W. Bush used to do - when he was working on his dad's campaigns and a reporter would ask him a question, George would walk away with a "No comment, asshole." Treat them like dirt, and maybe they'll start respecting you like they do the Republicans. Because the strategy you're currently employing sure isn't working.

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