Today’s False Equivalency From Lanny The “Lefty”

Davissm_vettingxAs a follow up of sorts to this post, it turns out that Hillary Clinton apologist Lanny Davis (going back to the presidential election when HRC ran against Obama in the Dem primary, I mean), is baaack, this time criticizing individuals such as your humble narrator for, as noted here…

…threatening businesses with one or more executives who offer personal ideas for achieving national health care reform different from the Administration’s or Democratic congressional leaders’ versions (full disclosure: I support all of President Obama’s core principles for national health care legislation, though I still have many unanswered questions); hateful emails, phone calls, blogs, and personal attacks, distorting alternative ideas different from the Administration’s approach and attacking the motives of those airing them; and intolerance for anyone who disagrees, including personal invective and demonization of those with different views.

Basically, Davis was answered already from TPM’s Brian Beutler here on the whole business about how we on the left supposedly mirror those on the right (h/t Atrios); Beutler also pointed out that Davis assisted John Mackey of Whole Foods on his recent Murdoch Street Journal column (I should emphasize that the column – more precisely, the fallout from we filthy, unkempt blogger types – and the fact that it originated from Mackey and Whole Foods, is the source of Davis’ harrumphing).

And after reading Davis’ full-throated defense of Mackey and Whole Foods (and assault against those baaad liberal bloggers, even though Davis didn’t have the fortitude to back up his charges with specifics), I’m starting to wonder if Lanny came up with the following on Mackey’s behalf (noted in the prior post)…

The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover.

But I suppose this is to be expected from the guy who helped propagate the “zombie lie” here that former PA Governor Bob Casey, Sr. wasn’t allowed to speak at the Dem National Convention in ’92 because he was pro-life (other pro-life Dems did speak, for the record); launched the petition for HRC to be Obama’s VP nominee (I can recall a whole bunch of “divided Dems” columns over that one) here; and who criticized Obama here for his relationship with a certain African American preacher on April 9th last year – after Obama gave his speech about it on March 18th – and said that, “I am a strong supporter of and a substantial fundraiser for Hillary Clinton for president (though in this column I speak only for myself)”…yep Lanny, you just happened to be “speak(ing) for yourself” ultimately on behalf of your candidate – give me a frackin’ break!

The only statement Davis makes in his entire post that I agree with is “silence is complicity.”

He’s right, but not in the way he intends or understands.

Update 8/17/09: Mr. Greenwald whomps on Davis here (h/t Atrios).


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