Originally Posted by deathrattle
I do not get the impression that the majority of the anti Iraq war faction who post in BW are flying a party flag.
A difficult point to argue either way, so I wont.
There are a few, like KV, who are very forthrightly and quite honestly party guys.
IMO, the party-line concept in the USA is deteriorating. It started back in the 1960's when the twin stressors of Vietnam and civil rights fractured the Democrat Party. Then Watergate visited the same honor on Repos. Both Carter and Reagan took advantage of the fracturing and substituted narrow-perspective special interest coalitions. Party lines were not effectively redrawn until Clinton vs the Repos in which Clinton "triangulated" the Repo-supporting coalitions and sheared many of them and into his domain. The wacky-lefty Democrats stupidly alienated them in the run-up to the 2000 election. The wacky-lefties did the same stupid thing in 2004 with the same predictable result. They are the ones who engineered Lieberman's primary defeat. They could very easily engineer a similar fate in 2008.
IOW, most people now believe it a virtue NOT to have party loyalty. Their embrasure of quasi-independent thought is when they excuse themselves by saying, "I vote for the best candidate." How noble. Yes folks, that was sarcasm.
To me, that quasi-independence just cowardly begs the questions: Just what are the standards these people hold, by which they value the candidate? And, what self-delusion makes them think that the trained-monkey they see on a 10 sec TV commercial or news program could possibly provide them with the insight needed to make a judgment concerning their adherence to their nebulous ideals?
That is one of the benefits of party alignment. You join a party of like-minded people and trust that they will know the candidates sufficiently to assure compliance with party principles. If one doesn't trust the party to do that, better go with a party that reflects your own beliefs.
Or sit in righteous indignation that your "best man for the job" has gone to bed with the enemy without your permission. Ie, John McCain, Joe Leiberman, and James Jeffords.
Feeling betrayed? It's your own damned fault for putting your faith in men.