May 22, 2006
Lately, Estrich is political commentator on FoxNews for the Liberal point of view. And for a long time now, she's been taking crap for it by her friends on the Left. This morning, she has some advice for the peanut gallery:
Ive taken a lot of heat from the left for working for Fox News, and frankly, Im a little bit sick of it. The truth is that Ive been very well treated at Fox: I say what I want; Im treated with respect; and Im paid well.Words of wisdom, moonbats.
But theres an even more fundamental point. You dont win elections just by preaching to the choir. You win by convincing people in the middle, many of whom actually watch the top-rated cable news network. Some of these people are even over 54 years of age (another of the latest attacks), and not only do they spend a lot of money on purchases, but they vote in higher numbers than any other demographic group (theres a reason no one ever dares to touch Social Security).
The way I see my job is to try to present the strongest arguments possible to the most important voters in the country, which I think is pretty critical for my party. Democrats who refuse to appear on Fox News because of their claims of conservative "bias" are in fact foregoing an important opportunity to reach swing voters who might actually decide elections.
The irony is that I find that often, simply by occupying the middle, I can win the fight. And what do I get from my friends on the left? Criticism that Im not a real Democrat because Im too centrist How dare I be pragmatic?
My answer is very simple. Unlike Mr. [HuffPost blogger, Bob] Cesca, I not only have worked for every network, I also worked, formally or informally, for every Democratic candidate to run for president in the 1980s and 1990s. I understand the difference between running on the left and losing, and running in the center and winning. I wrote three Democratic Party platforms. I see no honor in defeat. Id rather win in the middle than lose on the left, and you dont need to call anyone names to do it.
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