I have cleared another website from the old blogroll. I have been, to say the least, disenchanted, with Crooks and Liars. Increasingly going off the rails, seeing the imminent return of right-wing Republican governance along with, say, theocracy and racism thrown in for good measure, they are almost wholly out of touch with their obsession with the Tea Party, their constant flogging of Glenn Beck, and their hyping of both Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow at the expense of serious, substantive discussions.
We are not on the verge of a Republican renaissance. Despite the on-going sluggishness of the economy; despite the natterings of the "left" that there is not a dime's worth of difference between Obama and Bush; despite the crazy train on FOXNews and right-wing websites - the Democrats will do just fine this fall, and the Republicans, offering nothing, void of ideas, let alone positive policy options, will flounder toward further irrelevance. Indeed, I am still willing to take any bets on the outcome of the mid-term Congressional elections, predicting (once again) the Democrats will make gains in both Houses of Congress.
Anyway, as much as I enjoyed C&L in its heyday, when the Democrats were in a rising minority, and the Republicans increasingly tone-deaf to the mood of the country (quite apart from any economic disaster), it served a useful function. Stuck in 2005, or even 2006, however, Amato and his cronies offer nothing more than ignorant hyperbole masquerading as a clarion call of pending doom and disaster. I am quite weary of the nonsense. So, as sad as it is to say, they're gone.
The world has moved on, as have I. Crooks and Liars, sad to say, has far too much invested in their view of themselves as a source of serious information with a liberal slant they have forgotten that. So, like digby and some others, I think it's time to celebrate what they meant once upon a time, and leave them where their best moments lie - in the past.