I am often struck how different party fights are with the GOP and the Democrats.
GOP in-fighting is like a desparate knife fight with both parties leaving the fight worse for wear no matter who wins. Democratic fights generally have winners and losers but seem to try to cloak themselves in all the high drama of opera…but sometimes pull the curtain back and show that the motives behind the fight are not as high minded as they seem.
It seems that Josh Chernilla, an RK participant and Jim Webb staffer, may have accepted a position with the Terry McAuliffe campaign-after he was turned down for a position with the Brian Moran campaign. McAuliffe then turns around and touts his support among the netroots that helped energize the Jim Webb senate campaign in 2006. Ben Tribbett points out the conflict of interest in all this (although I can only assume a job was offered, as I don’t see the point where Chernilla admits to taking a job), and Chernilla responds in high torpor at BluComm.
A few things…
First, it strikes me is just so much inside baseball. If Ben’s allegations are correct, then Chernilla has some ‘splaining to do…but the number of folks it will make a difference to is minimal. This is certainly not a macaca type moment, and I have not seen that Brother Chernilla has the same netroots pull as Lowel Feld.
Second, the Chernilla response is so overblown as to make Ben’s allegations seem level-headed. First he titles his defense “Why We Fight”, not coincidentally the title of a series of films during WWII detailing the fight against the dictators. It takes a massively high sense of self importance to even marginally equate a party spraying contest with that huge struggle. Second, within his missive (at least as of 1700 3.17.2009) Chernilla does not deny Tribbett’s allegations. He doesn’t deny being turned down for a job with Moran, doesn’t deny taking a job with McAuliffe, and doesn’t speak to the charge that McAuliffe is buying an endorsement.
Yep, the netroots are in high dudgeon, and about such a small thing…it promises for an ever exciting spring.
On the other hand, remember the Irish toast I offered yesterday to all those folks in party struggles?:
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.
I suspect there are going to be a lot of limping Democrats before this little nominating soiree is over…