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January 05, 2009 06:54 AM UTC

The Drama Club Caucus

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  • by: Steve Balboni

I’ve essentially been at a loss for words to accurately describe how absurd I find David Sirota‘s (and Kos‘) hissy fit over the selection of Michael Bennet for the open U.S. Senate seat. Sirota, in particular, has been in absolute hysterics over this selection. Here’s an ummm highlight,

So as I said to start, the only thing that rationally explains his appointment is the emboldened power of political aristocracy (and, by extension, money) that is sweeping the country. By aristocracy, I mean all of the factors of aristocracy implied in its dictionary definition’s focus on priviledge. That means not just familial lineage – but also money, inside connections and academic/economic advantage…

Yes, politics is always a battle between meritocratic idealism (ie. good ideas, grassroots work, etc.) and aristocracy (ie. money, insiderism, aristocracy, privilege, etc.). Yes political aristocracy has always existed, even in meritocratic eras. And yes, there are desirable merits to various facets of aristocracy (for example, we should want well-educated people in government). But there have only been a few infamous historical moments where aristocracy has totally, completely and publicly supplanted the desirable non-aristocratic factors of meritocracy to the point where no one’s even trying to hide it anymore. One of those infamous moments was the Gilded Age, when billionaires publicly tried to buy U.S. Senate seats. Sadly, the other infamous moment is right now.

The breatlessness of Sirota’s outrage is really quiet stunning. He’s taken a man whom he knows nothing about (beyond 150 words in a bio) and turned him into closet Monarchist with Napoleonic designs on power.

The fact that a guy who went to Northwestern, spent 5 years in DC, was on a national radio program weekly and then helicoptered into Montana’s political scene 6 years ago before moving to Denver could write this is beyond ironic. A commeter at Pols also noted that Sirota worked on the Ned Lamont for Senate campaign. You remember Ned – he was the extremely wealthy heir to a J.P. Morgan fortune, who was born in D.C., attended Phillips Exeter, Harvard and Yale School of Management. Who’s only political or policy experience came from his two terms on the Greenich Connecticut City Council. He ran against incumbent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman in 2006 and Sirota worked on his campaign from September through the election.

Just to recap:

City Council Member for one of the wealthiest cities in the nation? Solid credentials.

Superintendent of a major urban school district? You may as well be named Louis and have Roman Numerals after your name.

Sirota follows that up with a Carnac The Magnificent routine today,

One of two disconcerting realities is at work here: 1) Bennet’s positions are known by the Establishment forces that got him the Senate job, and those positions aren’t threatening to that Establishment (read: they are corporate conservative) or 2) Bennet himself doesn’t yet have positions on the major issues.

Do you think Sirota pictured Bill Ritter extorting these Grand Concessions for Capitalism whilst Ritter twisted his handle-bar mustache and wore a monacle?

Sirota has, as far as we know, never met Michael Bennet nor has he ever worked with Michael Bennet. He is not privy to any inside details of his appointment. He has merely his own assumptions and subsequent hyperbolic accusations. In his own mind he has cooked up some bizarre scenario whereby a man who actively sought to take on the monumetal and thankless task of reforming a broken urban school district is actually some sort of Capitalist Manchurian nominee. Either that or Bennet just doesn’t have a clue about any issues. Take your pick!

With his hysterics this week Sirota has solidified his position as the lead Cantor in the liberal blogospheres Drame Club Caucus. Frankly, I think that after this he owes Michael Bennet and Governor Ritter an apology. His absolutely baseless accusations and childish hysterics have crossed the line from constructive to simply outlandish.

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    1. Strassel on EFCA

      Responsibility has a way of focusing the mind.

      Take Mark Pryor, Democratic senator from Arkansas. In 2007, Mr. Pryor voted to move card check, Big Labor’s No. 1 priority. And why not? Mr. Pryor knew the GOP would block the bill, which gets rid of secret ballots in union elections. Besides, his support helped guarantee labor wouldn’t field a challenger to him in the primary.

      Postelection, Mr. Pryor isn’t so committed. He’s indicated he wouldn’t co-sponsor the legislation again. He says he’d like to find common ground between labor and business. He is telling people the bill isn’t on a Senate fast-track, anyway. His business community, which has nimbly whipped up anti-card-check sentiment across his right-to-work state, is getting a more polite hearing.

      It hasn’t been much noticed, but the political ground is already shifting under Big Labor’s card-check initiative. The unions poured unprecedented money and manpower into getting Democrats elected; their payoff was supposed to be a bill that would allow them to intimidate more workers into joining unions. The conventional wisdom was that Barack Obama and an unfettered Democratic majority would write that check, lickety-split.

      Instead, union leaders now say they are being told card check won’t happen soon. It seems the Obama team plans to devote its opening months to important issues, like the economy, and has no intention of jumping straight into the mother of all labor brawls. It also seems Majority Leader Harry Reid, even with his new numbers, might not have what it takes to overcome a filibuster. It’s a case study in how quickly a political landscape can change, and how frequently the conventional wisdom is wrong.

      And, agreed.  Great column, Steve.  For a COMMUNIST!

      (_._)

      1. She’s up for reelection in 2010. Unless Pryor is hellbent on seeing EFCA not pass, I think he’ll vote YES. He didn’t have a Republican challenger as a freshman Senator in 2008, and doesn’t seem to be in much electoral danger.

        Lincoln, however, has to deal with whomever the R’s want to throw at her in the state that moved farthest to the right (presidentially-speaking, at least) in the past 8 years.  

        1. It’s well known that the denver chamber has ordered a halt to the EFCA. Bennet needs them to be split or lean his way in his effort to get elected Senator in 2010.

          He votes No on EFCA like Hickenlooper would have done; this gives the chamber the cover it needs to not oppose him.

  1. But from the carrying on from the far left, you would have thought that the Governor had appointed a member of the Bush family!  I am going to have pull over to the side of the road the next time Sirota comes on the Jay Marvin show when I am able to pick it up here in the Springs.  I will have a very hard time keeping control of the truck for laughing when Jay calls him “The Smartest Man in the World”.

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