Asked what it would mean if Lieberman kept his chairmanship, one Senate Democratic aide said bluntly: "The left has been foiled again. They can rant and rage but they still do not put the fear into folks to actually change their votes. Their influence would be in question."Uh-huh. How soon before DailyKos starts a donations boycott list? As in, not a fucking cent goes to the 41 Senators who voted to give Lieberman not so much as a slap on the wrist? How soon before ActBlue and the other activist sites do the same? How many primary challengers do you think they'll find in 2012 and 2016?
The Web has been transformative for US politics not just because of the amount of money it's raised, but because it's cheap money (phone banks and door-knockers are expensive.) And this Senate aide has just shit in the money pot. Good work, Dems.
Oh, and this sentiment -- that the party must be protected from accountability or substantial change -- is why I think Ignatieff will probably win the Liberal leadership race this time around. The Canadian Liberals are, if anything, even more phobic on these issues than Senate Democrats.