The website Crooks and Liars usually tracks the escapades of the right-wing sound machine. Of course, it's nice to see a positive blurb once in awhile like the one posted on Senator Merkley. View the video clip.
What grabbed my attention is what he said starting at minute 1:38.
"During the campaign I talked about this issue every single night and people would say, Jeff, surveys show that global warming is 21st on the list of voter concerns, why are you talking about it every single night? And I said first, it's a major reason I'm running for the U.S. Senate, and second of all, it should be first on everyone's list and it's only going to get there if we talk about it."
Yes! This is what progressive leadership needs to look like. If we assume that the conservative sound machine has an impact on public opinion and then if we alter the conversation for whatever public opinion currently is focused upon, then isn't the progressive agenda getting sidelined indirectly by the conservative sound machine?
I view this whole situation as completely ridiculous. Look at Crooks and Liars. It's the third most popular progressive blog and look at its focus. Ninety percent of the energy is consumed fending off a massive distraction effort. The distraction effort is obviously successful. Hello! Does anyone else make this same observation.
Ninety percent of our energy should go toward advancing a progressive agenda. We don't want to assemble a sound machine like the conservatives have in order to achieve this objective. So how do we do it? We can't rely on a few brilliant leaders. We're only going to advance a progressive agenda if we all talk about it. So how do we make sure we remain focused? The conservative sound machine will never stop trying to distract attention onto the inane. So how do we steer public opinion back onto what matters?