A Show of Unity in the Blogosphere
By Alex Remington
In the highly polarized political blogosphere, everything is divided in two. It's unusual for bloggers on the right and left agree on anything. But a striking number of voices on both sides seemed to agree on one thing last night: They were glad Terry McAuliffe lost in the Virginia gubernatorial primary.
Internet progressives were perhaps more vehement in their euphoria that, as The Nation put it, "'Not McAuliffe' Wins!". To many bloggers on the left, the former Democratic National Committee chair was forever identified with the Clintons and what Jacob Heilbrunn called "an earlier era". He was blamed both for his ties to the Clintons and for having "singlehandedly re-demolished Hillary Clinton's" chances in 2008. His expensive loss was seen by many as a positive for the Democratic Party. Booman Tribune wrote: "If only more Democrats like him could be rejected, we might actually get some positive change in this country."
Many on the right shared the distaste, as Holy Coast echoed the Nation to write, "I didn't really care who won as long as Terry McAuliffe lost." The Patriot Room declared: "Bu-bye, Terry!". And TigerHawk said simply, "I've always regarded him as one of the most unctuous operatives of either party."
It's rare that so many voices from opposing ends of the political spectrum would agree about one candidate's campaign. Unfortunately, it's even harder to imagine that all these bloggers could ever agree on anybody they actually liked.
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