The motto of the Washington Post's
Plum Line blogger appears to be, "When you're in a hole, dig faster." He renews
his effort today to send the Cordoba House debate in the direction he demands. One of his mule-headed commentators responds:
And things just keep getting worse for the blogger who called Obama's pro-mosque speech on Friday "one of the finest moments" of his presidency. (Well, it was one of the shortest
James Taranto.) Now Harry Reid has also discovered the distinction between the right to build Cordoba House two blocks north of Ground Zero and the wisdom of doing so - and says
"the mosque should be built some place else." Sargent's nuanced assessment is that Reid's decision is "weak and indefensible," it "leaves the President hanging after he took a big risk to do the right thing," and it "just makes the Dems look weak, unorganized, cowardly, and unwilling to take a stand for principles they plainly believe in." Apart from that, Sargent thinks it was a pretty deft move.
When the "second most powerful Democrat in the country," in Sargent's words, isn't enough of a Democratic team player, you do understand a little better why the Journolist echo chamber was so harmful. Get a group of like-minded writers, many of them young, barely employed and aspiring, and have the most strident act
as orthodoxy cops, and you wind up as tone-deaf, shrill and unpersuasive as Greg Sargent.