It’s fun to see the Sanders campaign in open war against Human Rights Campaign. Self-destruction apparently has no limits.
Shades of Bern in 2016, calling Planned Parenthood part of the Establishment when it endorsed Clinton rather than him.
This time, unfortunately, Bern is promoting an endorsement from Rogan, a high profile homo- and transphobe. Add this to Bern’s own endorsement of Cenk, and a pretty ugly picture comes into focus.
After the fiasco of his endorsement of Cenk, one would think Bern would be smarter than to accept and promote Rogan’s endorsement of his campaign. One wonders about his campaign staff: who is giving him consistently bad advice?
Walker Bragman’s whatabouts don’t distract from the real damage Bern’s promotion of Rogan’s endorsement does to his credibility as an inclusive candidate. The problem isn’t MoveOn or Obama or anyone else.
The problem is Bern.
What does Bern’s shift to the right mean for his “democratic socialist” credentials?
I wonder what AOC, Justice Democrats, and the international woketariat think about Bern’s online surrogates and extremely online broincels taking shots at Human Rights Campaign for daring to challenge the Vermont revolutionary’s embrace of transphobe Rogan?
I wonder how AOC feels — as a Bern surrogate — sharing the stage with Joe Rogan?
Tulsi’s close ties to Putin will damage her frivolous lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Even though it will never go to trial & she’ll never see a penny or ruble out of it, Gabbard would never want to submit to a deposition. Too many skeletons could fall out of her closet (e.g., Assad, Modi, etc.).
According to Jacobin magazine, the “libertarian moment” is over. Libertarians would certainly oppose the dictatorship of the proles. So come the revolution, they would be crushed by the Jacobins. But the libertarian moment is not over yet. As long as there are teenage boys whose libidinal urges fixate on Ayn Rand, there will be libertarianism in American.
Dementia-riddled President asked to apologize over his empty-headed comments on brain injuries. Can’t make this up.
Muppies. Millennial Urban Professionals. The extremely online ones (i.e., writers for Jacobin/Splinternews type outfits) are buying brownstones in Bushwick from their trust funds.
Trump’s biggest feuds of 2019 were with reality and with his crippling paresis.
AOC risks damaging her brand the longer she associates with Bern’s losing campaign. For example, she’ll be held accountable for the misogyny and homophobia exuded by Bern’s online acolytes.
John Kasich say Democrats should avoid hard left candidates. The thing is, Bern and Warren aren’t hard left. They use the rhetoric of class struggle, but they are basically Right deviationists. Bourgeois socialists. Millionaires.
Bern’s online support is more left wing and, frankly, unhinged. But they’ll have no influence on policy.
Interestingly, support for the Vermont revolutionary is low among black voters and voters earning <50k
Bern appeals to the aristocracy of labor and those occupying intermediate class positions. Neither of these groups are particularly revolutionary. Lumpenproles remain with Trump.
Class struggle will continue as it has since 1848: predator capitalists on one side and xenophobic, economistic proles on the other side.
It is no surprise that Michael Moore prefers Trump over Biden. So does Walker Bragman.
Without a theory of needs, woke culture analysis remains superficial (i.e., idealist, bourgeois). It can nag from the sidelines, shame on Twitter, but will have no effect in reality.
White supremacists are as ubiquitous in the military today as heroin was during the Vietnam War era.
Fruitcake has a longer half-life than uranium.
Tulsi Gabbard’s stirring defense of Trump on the floor of the House today will go down as her Gettysburg Address.
Populism is a form of authoritarianism.
Sarah Palin said ACA meant death panels. I guess this view has been rehabilitated for the purpose of supporting M4A.
AOC is just one tweet away from saying ACA is a death panel.
It doesn’t make sense to over-think Trump support. Hardcore MAGAts don’t care what he does, he’s their cult leader.
To the extent there are any rational Republican voters left, they’ll pick and choose what to ignore. The morally depraved ones will overlook Ukrainegate.
I’ve been to Salem. I saw them burning Trump. It smelled like sulphur.
🙏 for solitary confinement for Mike Flynn.
Musharraf death penalty = justice for Bhutto.
It’s heavy meta to read a media narrative about a “tempting media narrative.”
The culture industry of outrage.
It’s difficult to punish the cadets and sailors when Trump himself is a white power gesture.
Warren is too rational to force the Democratic Party to fall on the sword of M4A.
Since Bern’s goal is to destroy the Democratic Party (i.e., “liberals” or “The Establishment”), he undoubtedly would ram M4A down their throats.
Bern says the word deductible is an outrageous word. But “deductible” doesn’t make my blood boil. Maybe I need to see a doctor.
AOC appears ready to follow Bern down the M4A rabbit hole, damaging her brand with each nonsensical tweet against the ACA.
Trump already gave farmers billions of dollars in government handouts, which only perpetuate a culture of rural poverty.
M4A is DOA. Everyone knows it.
Smart candidates will move out of this sackgasse rather than fighting for the best parking spot in it.
Can’t see anyone voting for Trump because he’s better spoken or more coherent than Biden. MAGAts vote for him because he’s a bigot and appeals to their cultural ressentiment.
Biden appeals to proles because he speaks to their moral decency. Trump can never be morally decent.
AOC simply isn’t helping Bern. The age contrast is not flattering.
When Bern and Warren wage their petite guerre de classe against billionaires, they always mention Bezos or Bloomberg, but never Oprah. I wonder if this is strategic/tactical since they poll rather low with black voters or if they view Oprah as an “exceptional” billionaire.
Jacobin has circled the ideological wagons against Warren, going so far as to attack her daughter. The more sophisticated Marxists at the publication must know this was highly undialectical. But the quality of leftwing writer has deteriorated from the days of the Partisan Review.
Bernie stans have one goal: to destroy the Democratic Party “Establishment,” including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, etc. Anything that stands against Bern must be razed to the ground.
People are upset that Trump flacks keep appearing on MSNBC and CNN. You have to realize these media types travel in the same circles. I went to one of Al Sharpton’s National Action events and one of the speakers was Bill O’Reilly (with whom the Rev was quite chummy). These presenters are not as hostile to each other as we are to one political branch of them.
Distance from necessity breeds indifference to necessity. That’s a simple, objective reason.
It’s worth remembering that xenophobic violence erupted in the former East against “Auslander,” just a year after the Mauerfall.
Jacobin magazine is down in the mouth over the collapse of East Germany. I understand their disappointment. When the wall was transgressed, those East Germans headed straight to Kaufhaus des Westens. Total neolibs even after 40 years of the best socialist education in the Soviet bloc! Amazing!
The Stasi was why Ossis couldn’t have nice things.
Gregor Gysi would have been a brilliant replacement for Honecker.
Putin went from busting kneecaps in a decrepit Friedrichshain dungeon to bombing civilians in Aleppo as Russia’s Eternal President.
Re Elizabeth Warren: Ordinary people won’t read policy papers. Soundbites recycled through repetitive stump speeches drill home the gist of the matter.
The key for Democrats is to reach low information voters in swing states, who were once the backbone of Republican Party support.
I recall the day Beauregard Sessions quaked in the presence of a “wise Latina.”
All Bern talks about these days is extinguishing billionaires.
AOC has to be careful not to damage her brand by associating with a losing campaign.
Modi’s boot is pressing on the neck of India’s judiciary.
Beshear is no AOC or Sanders. Can’t imagine there will any champagne uncorked at the offices of the Justice Democrats or in yurts of the Sunrisers.
The so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party will view a Beshear victory as a repudiation of their ideology and, therefore, as a defeat.
Trump trends higher in counties with high meth and oxy addiction.
Most damaging to the faith-healers who touched Trump: their souls are saturated with sin.
Re the changing of the guard at One Police Plaza: It’s always a big deal when a street gang changes leadership.
Roger Stone is the forgotten capo of the Trump Crime Family.
Bern marched with Dr King and broke rocks with Mandela.
Bern doesn’t care about the math. He just wants to come off as one angry populist, more angry, and hence, more progressive, than Warren.
Regarding Bern’s M4A plan … to quote Marx (from the 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte): “There the phrase went beyond the content.”
It’s one thing when Shep went off on Trump. But when Ed Henry flips, one knows Trump has lost Fox News.
I can’t believe people still believe in “age appropriateness” for consenting adults. Must be the New Puritanism.
Populism is why we can’t have nice things.