One of the reasons I really like MSNBC's "Morning Joe" is that it eschews the typical yelling and screaming that have become commonplace on cable TV. Of course, there is a place for heated discussion -- especially when the discussion is timely and based on real disagreements.
Such was the case this morning when Salon's Glenn Greenwald faced off against MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell on "Morning Joe." Greenwald had recently accused O'Donnell of "trying to blame 'the Left' and 'liberalism' for the Democrats' political woes."
O'Donnell, who noted that he was, himself, a "socialist," tweaked Greenwald by saying: "I'm not a liberal who's so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to 'progressive.' "
Ultimately, though, the larger debate here is over whether Democrats will view the 2010 midterm elections as evidence they misread their mandate and over-reached after 2008 -- or if they will view it as evidence they moderated too much after 2008.
In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.