I'm tired of reading about how divided the Democrats are - when the Republicans have fissures in their party over the war in Iraq, immigration reform, the exploding deficit, and the increasing heft of the religious extremists.
Google "Democrats divided" and you'll get over 800 hits, with articles from media outlets in London, Moscow, and all of those here in the states. Just this week, we were treated to a WaPo article on the Democrats divide over the Iraq war - this in a week when Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel repeated his call for a timeline for pulling the troops and virtually labeled Bush a loser. The great Democratic divide is a media construct. Sure, we're not a single-minded entity. But the Dems are no more divided than the Pubs. We're just have a more vocal netroots community - one that hold the party accountable instead of marching in lockstep while we chant out the party talking points.
We need to challenge the media when it trots out the divided Dems theme and remind them that the great divide is actually democracy in action - different people with different ideas about how to solve the problems our country faces, in dialog and working together to find the right solution. Sure, we've got our DINOs that we diss and we hold our leaders accountable for abandoning principle in the cautious hope of not rocking the boat and losing their seat. But so do the Pubs. There's nothing happening on the left that isn't happening on the right when it comes to a lack of unity on what to do in Iraq. So let's not let the media pain us as divided while pretending the Pubs are in the midst of a Vulcan mind meld.