Forget Jon Stewart. Take Michael Moore.
Step 1: do a careful, dispassionate, analysis of Mr. Moores “propositions.
Step 2: do a careful, dispassionate, analysis of his rhetorical style.
Step 3: do a careful, dispassionate, analysis of how Mr. Moore plays in the red states.
Step 4: do a careful, dispassionate, cost-benefit analysis of Mr. Moores contribution to the Democratic effort.
The results are clear:
The benefit: as a swash buckling satirist, Mr. Moore made Democrats feel good about themselves.
The cost: Mr. Moore made the rest of the country look at the Democrats with horror. “This guy is your hero? And you want my vote? You have just got to be kidding.
I dont care whether Moore is a good satirist or a bad one. And I am not saying that there is no place for satirists. (And I am distinctly not saying that the Republican party does not have loose cannons of its own.) I am saying that Democrats paid dearly for this satirist.
How dearly? Run the election results again on the “scenario machine. Remove Mr. Moore from the equation. He could have been the difference between victory and loss. Thats how much the red states hate him. Thats how expensive he was.
As many of us did, I watched Monday Night Football last night, and Indianas victory over Minnesota. It was an astonishing game between two great quarterbacks. But some of the best shots were of Tony Dungy and Mike Tice, coaches on either side line, working out the options, ruthlessly swapping in and out the right personnel, playing the game as ferociously in their heads as their players were playing it on the field.
This is the way the Republicans conduct themselves. Michael Moore is heartening. Hes funny. And hes a liability. Time for the Democrats to get in the game.