Is it hopeless, folks?

Awhile back Kevin Drum accused me and my kind of being hacks because I said we should treat the recennt accusations of memo forgery as political moves, rather than enlisting ourselves in a careful investigation of the claims.

Just recently Kevin has said that he wished that the left-liberal Robert Scheer weren’t writing for the LA Times. Today he gave a reason why. Basically, he wants Scheer to shade his message for political effect.

Here’s what Scheer wrote:

“If they were true to their principles, moderate Republicans and consistent

conservatives would be supporting John Kerry.

Instead, their acquiescence to the reckless whims of George W. Bush marks a descent into that political abyss of opportunism where

partisanship is everything and principle nothing.

How else to explain their cynical support for this shallow

adventurer, a phony lightweight who has bled the Treasury dry while

incompetently squandering the lives of young Americans in a needless imperial


And here’s what Kevin wrote about Scheer:

[H]e needs to be confined to writing flyers for anti-globo rallies and polemics for CounterPunch. In the meantime, I don’t feel like losing any elections because of him.

Isn’t this utter bullshit? The idea that Scheer is going to lose an election for us is hysterical paranoia. And second, Kevin is criticizing Scheer for telling the truth. Kevin wants Scheer to be a political hack instead.

Awhile back Brad Delong made a similiar comment about Barbara Ehrenreich:

Most sophisticated left-wing Democrats are aware of the contempt that centrist Democrats feel for us, and we fully expect to be frozen out once Kerry wins. Nonetheless, we’re still plugging along, trying to get out the vote for Kerry. Drum apparently thinks of himself as a sharp political tactician, but this kind of thing isn’t making our job any easier.