The reason is right in front of their faces. Look at the amount conservatives give to charity and the amount liberals do. Look at Tim Geithner and the myriad others Obama has brought in who failed to pay their taxes. The evidence is empirical that liberals hate parting with their own money--but love to spend everyone elses.
So why would they be so surprised and upset that liberal groups flush with money aren't spreading the wealth?
Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious (not any more--ed) with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites, even as these groups constantly ask the bloggers for free assistance in driving their message.I've an idea, how about you print your own opinions and stop regurgitating what the Dems tell you to. It's called have morals and being intellectually honest. I've never received a single peso from any group asking me to write about them. As for the other big bloggers, I'm reasonably sure that they have conference calls but typically make that known and then write a straight piece about what was discussed.
It’s a development that’s creating tensions on the left and raises questions about the future role of the blogosphere at a time when a Dem is in the White House and liberalism could be headed for a period of sustained ascendancy.I'm not quite sure about that "ascendancy" thing of which you speak, Mr. Sargent. The various tea parties and the abbreviated honeymoon period seem to debunk that but I digress. The liberal blogosphere has had an impact but not as much as the socialist's at FiredogLake and Daily Kos think it has. Obama would have won with or without them and he knows it. He used you, just like he used anyone who would help him achieve his means. Hopefully he left a c-note on the nightstand for you.
“They come to us, expecting us to give them free publicity, and we do, but it’s not a two way street,” Jane Hamsher, the founder of FiredogLake, said in an interview. “They won’t do anything in return. They’re not advertising with us. They’re not offering fellowships. They’re not doing anything to help financially, and people are growing increasingly resentful.”Hamsher is actually surprised by this? The Democrats are treating bloggers just like they've always treated blacks and other minorities; they wink at you and make you feel special and once they win the election they forget about you until the next one. Mark my words, they will come around in early 2010 and make you feel all warm and fuzzy until we get to December 2010 and they'll blow you off again.
Hamsher singled out Americans United for Change, which raises and spends big money on TV ad campaigns driving Obama’s agenda, as well as the constellation of groups associated with it, and the American Association of Retired Persons, also a big TV advertiser.The people who support AARP would take one look at the anti-Semitism and vile anti-Americanism of Hamsher's and Kos' sites and run away screaming. Why would they want to advertise there? Or Kos' site with his raging horde of commies who are vulgar and crude? The groups mentioned want to be legitimate and advertising on sites where f-bombs and a barely-concealed (and sometimes overt) hatred for American values are a daily occurrence would not be helpful.
“Most want the easy way — having a big blogger promote their agenda,” adds Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. “Then they turn around and spend $50K for a one-page ad in the New York Times or whatever.” Moulitsas adds that officials at such groups often do nothing to engage the sites’s audiences by, say, writing posts, instead wanting the bloggers to do everything for them.
Still, it's entertaining to listen to them complain like the whiny liberals they are. It's tough realizing you've been used like the woman who pays her boyfriend's way through med school and once he graduates he takes off with another hottie.
Update: The best response to this I've read comes from the Gun-Toting Liberal. Take a minute to read it.