Recently, I noted this:
This morning, I discover at Hullaballoo that:
The goal, however, has to be to change the composition of the Democratic Party. There is no alternative that has a better chance of success. The only other choice is to give up. Why do that?And thence onward Donkle soldiers to a post entitled (I wouldn't kid!):
We need better Democrats. There are too many right now who are totally worthless.
I love the smell of sunk costs in the morning. It smells like victory.
Lazy writing has at least this much to commend it: it reveals lazy thinking. So consider:
The goal . . . has to be to change the composition of the Democratic party.That's the goal, you see.
There is no alternative that has a better chance of success.Success at what? Why, success at achieving the goal! Which is changing the composition of the Democratic Party. And so we discover ourselves at the center of a tawdry little tautology, whereby the only means of changing the composition of the Democratic Party are to change the composition of the Democratic Party.
Of course, that's not what she means by success. What she means by success is something like, "Roll back expansions executive power; roll back the power of the Executive to wage wars; mitigate damage to civil liberties caused by expanded surveillance; establish rule of law; withdraw as quickly as possible from Iraq."
These are admirable goals, but her category confusion speaks poorly of her committment. The admirable, external goals are subsumed by the goal of electing more Democrats. After all, that's the ongoing endeavor. After all, they've already given so much time, money, and effort. After all they've sunk into it . . . Why, to do otherwise would be to "give up."
How child-like. How naive. Consider instead the sentence: "To do otherwise would be to cut our losses and preserve what capital remains."
Don't tinker with the menu. Don't hire a new chef. Don't mess with the advertising campaign. CLOSE THE RESTAURANT. Sell off the stock. Auction off the hardware. Put the building on the market. Liquidate, and move on.