I always try to approach things calmly on this blog but there are times when that just doesn't work. Here it goes...
I've tried to handle this calmly but it just isn't working out too well. Matt Stoller and the Open Left crew seem to have this belief that they can't be wrong, that they're somehow more important than everyone else. They launch this "Bush Dog" campaign of theirs with very little planning and then act so surprised when people get pissed off about them attacking Representatives that they know very little about. They throw around their number like that somehow trumps the opinions of the actual people behind them. They've become an oppressive online regime where you either agree with their methods or else.
Today they have a post up twisting the Zack Space quote ""As for Iran, I believe this nation is one of the most threatening entities of our day" into meaning that Space is promoting a full scale war with Iran. However if you read the full quote from Space's online town hall is talking about sanctions.
"As for Iran, I believe this nation is one of the most threatening entities of our day. I have voted in support of economic sanctions on the nation in an effort to use every possible means to dissuade Iran from advancing nuclear weapons technologies because I agree that Iran is a very real regional threat."
-- Zack Space
And you want me to trust this kind of research? I might as well watch Fox.
I tell you what Matt, you can go through all these motions of "gathering researching" without having to deal with any of these Representative's constituents but in the end it will only be a waste of your time. You see, it's the people that live in a district that get the final say on their Reps. and nothing you can do will change that. So go ahead and make an ass of yourself, just don't drag the rest of us down with you.
Update: Go read Jill's short post on Space for more insight.
Update #2: 2010 Buckeye has a similar post up at Buckeye State Blog that's well worth reading.