(used by Taylor Marsh to admonish Elizabeth Edwards)
As the DesMoines Register, Mrs. Candidate Edwards broke the party-line this week by criticizing MoveOn.org’s New York Times ad.
MoveOn.org should not have labeled Gen. David Petraeus â€œGeneral Betray Usâ€ in a controversial newspaper ad, Elizabeth Edwards said in Des Moines Friday.
So leading left-blogger Jane Hamsher takes Mrs Edwards out to the woodshed and lays down the law.
Hereâ€™s the rule. You never repeat right wing talking points to attack your own, ever. You never enter that echo chamber as a participant. Ever. You never give them a hammer to beat the left with. Just. Donâ€™t. Do. It. …
When offered the opportunity to cudgel your own side, you pivot and attack. …
There are any number of ways you can answer that question well and none of them involve attacking MoveOn. Theyâ€™re out there on the left so you can look â€œmoderate.â€ Theyâ€™re saying what needs to be said, opening the conversation up so John Edwards isnâ€™t considered the left-wing fringe loon that nobody should listen to. Understand that they have contributed a lot to the anti-war movement and that from a practical standpoint, the Edwards campaign needs the solid support of the base to get where he needs to go and everybodyâ€™s feeling a bit played this week because nobody other than MoveOn seems to want to take on the carefully orchestrated dog-and-pony show that just bought us a few more Friedman Units of war. And weâ€™re not very happy when the people we defend turn around and start kicking them for it.
We love you. We want to love you.
Knock it off.