Sadly, another victim of a hedge fund bustout, the Splinter online lefty news site is nolonger. A lot of young turks came out of that camp doing what Yutes do; being irreverent and, more importantly, speaking truth to power. Why atists, intellectuals unions and students always get the hammer first.
I've referenced/linked out to Alex Pareene's The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face
awhile back and consider it one his best pieces and distilled so much of the right wing into a coherent bio.
I especially appreciate his analysis of Chait and others of his ilk. Basically fancy liberal lads who want to tell you how the real world works:
'Here is a very instructive passage from a column he wrote in 2006. The rest of this column is dedicated to listing the many ways in which Joe Lieberman, then engaged in a bitter primary fight, was a terrible Democrat. But:
In the end, though, I canít quite root for Lieberman to lose his primary. Whatís holding me back is that the anti-Lieberman campaign has come to stand for much more than Liebermanís sins. Itís a test of strength for the new breed of left-wing activists who are flexing their muscles within the party. These are exactly the sorts of fanatics who tore the party apart in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They think in simple slogans and refuse to tolerate any ideological dissent. Moreover, since their anti-Lieberman jihad is seen as stemming from his pro-war stance, the practical effect of toppling Lieberman would be to intimidate other hawkish Democrats and encourage more primary challengers against them.
This is Chaitism distilled: They may be rightóabout Joe Lieberman, about the Iraq War, about the racism of the conservative movementóbut they are right for the wrong reasons, and we cannot let them gain a foothold. You Are Jonathan Chait's Enemy
I've been happy to see Libby Watson, Hamilton Nolan, Rafi Schwartz, Paul Blest and the other young voices coming out of that online zine find new writing homes.