How Does This Help Progressivism?

I'm not sure how shuffling Democrats out of office and shuffling Republicans into their place will actually win more liberal legislation.

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced his retirement today, mixed–but mostly dire–news for Democrats, who were hopeful that he could hold on and defeat his likely, scandal-tainted GOP opponent Tim Griffin. One of the possible reasons for the retirement? A poll conducted by SurveyUSA, paid for by the progressive blog Firedoglake, which tested negative messages about the health care reform bill and whether it made voters sour on Snyder.

This is reckless, hamfisted politics. If only they were politically smart about promoting progressive ideas, we might actually win something instead fueling wingnut arguments and electing Republicans. I sincerely hope they wise up -- and soon.