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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Peaceniks far from the mainstream

From a NY Times article about the Out of Iraq Caucus:
Some of its active members are lawmakers who play easily into Republican characterizations of some Democrats as peaceniks far from the mainstream. Ms. Lee [Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA] was the lone dissenting vote in Congress against the resolution authorizing the president to use force to respond to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In 2005, she co-sponsored a bill with Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio (also a caucus member), and others to create a cabinet-level office called the Department of Peace.
The majority of the country wants the war in Iraq to end. Peaceniks ARE the mainstream now. Repugs are the fringe--unless you ask the NY Times. And how nice of them to mention Kucinich--without mentioning that he's running for president. Meanwhile, the main web page and the front page of the print edition both feature photos of Hillary--while the web page includes video of both Hillary and Obama. Granted, the Times comes from the state where Hillary is senator, but in general the press is doing its best to push all candidates except Hillary and Obama to the "fringe" (although Ann Coulter helped John Edwards out a bit), even when their positions are far more mainstream than the press-declared frontrunners. Focusing on two candidates whose backgrounds aren't typical beltway mainstream, but whose positions definitely are, is the media's way of keeping most Americans from even hearing decent alternatives to the status quo.