Posted on | January 22, 2014 | 14 Comments
Don’t really have an argument to offer here, but neither does Brian Beutler in publishing a Salon blog post with this headline:
Saw that headline at Memeorandum, and instinctively knew what I’d find at the link: A humdrum rehash of the Republican Party obituaries that liberals write every day — “The GOP is doomed! Hopelessly doomed! Out-of-touch! On the wrong side of history!” — except when Republicans win elections, in which case liberals dust off their “How Republicans Exploited America’s Latent Racism” argument.
Notice that Beutler is writing this at time when the Democrats are afflicted by ginormous policy failures (persistent high unemployment and the disaster of ObamaCare) as well as unmistakable omens of impending political failure (the Wendy Davis meltdown, bad mojo in the polls), so that we could be just 10 months away from a decisive mid-term victory for the GOP. Such a result — ending Harry Reid’s tenure as Senate Majority Leader and crushing Nancy Pelosi’s hope of recapturing the House Speaker’s gavel — would do a lot to re-set perceptions going into the 2016 presidential campaign. And then what?
Well, it won’t make any difference in terms of Brian Beutler’s formula of offering partisan cheerleading as “political analysis,” nor will it make any difference at Salon.com, an obsolete liberal “webzine” that has been bleeding red ink since the days when dial-up modems were standard and people used words like “webzine.”
By now, Salon.com has probably lost $30 million in the process of proving that a site whose top-tier talent is Joan Walsh isn’t really interested in top-tier talent, which is how they ended up with Brian Beutler, the dimmest light in the “Juice Box Mafia” firmament. Beutler wakes up each morning and spends all day writing the same thing again:
- Jan. 16: The right’s “narrative skewing”: How it dupes itself over Obamacare, Benghazi and Christie
- Jan. 17: GOP’s next moral disgrace?: How right-wing crazies may kill a voting rights fix
- Jan. 21: GOP’s sad, pathetic “replace Obamacare” plan may finally be coming
Does anyone else notice the repetitive nature of Beutler’s work? Only if you pay attention to Salon.com, which most people don’t, in part because their D.C.-based “political writer” never publishes anything that couldn’t have been written by a Cleveland-based DailyKos diarist.