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Matt Duss (left) appears at wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Long-time friend of the blog and occasional guest poster Matt Duss is making waves:

Bernie Sanders is adding some serious firepower to his Washington Senate operation as he heads into a year during which he’s expected to anchor both the liberal resistance to Trump and the fight to re-center the Democratic Party around his brand of economic populism. Sanders’ office has hired liberal activist and talk show host Ari Rabin-Havt, a veteran of Harry Reid’s office and Media Matters, to head up a new leadership outreach operation, and foreign policy wonk Matt Duss, most recently the president of the Foundation on Middle East Peace, as a foreign policy advisor. And joining Sanders’ Budget Committee staff as an investigator is former Wall Street Journal reporter Alicia Mundy, who has written extensively about the pharmaceutical industry, a focus for Sanders.

Foreign policy was something of an afterthought to Sanders’ 2016 effort, but he began to develop some infrastructure as the campaign went on. Indeed, the decision to not develop a strong FP critique of Hillary Clinton, precisely the strategy that had allowed Barack Obama to defeat her in ’08, was what made me think that Sanders had initially conceived of himself as an issue/protest candidate rather than a serious challenger. Looking to the future, however, it will be interesting to see how Sanders develops this infrastructure into a genuinely leftish foreign policy platform. Matt will have a very important role to play in that process.

But then Matt also DJed my wedding, and I’m not even married anymore.  So clearly he has a long track record of failure.

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  • Mike in DC

    Tell your boss to say something about the hacks, Matt!

    Congrats.

    • Donna Gratehouse

      Tell your boss to say something about the hacks, Matt!

      Yeah, that’d have something to do with foreign policy, wouldn’t it? Sanders has been so strangely silent on the hacks (only commenting when pressed and then quickly wanting to move on) I was beginning to wonder if he was dirty in them. But perhaps the simpler explanation is that acknowledging the ratfucking doesn’t fit his narrative that Hillary lost cuz economics.

      • MPAVictoria

        This comment is Bonkers.

  • Linnaeus

    I’m not even married anymore

    Not to get too personal, but wha?

    • kvs

      He mentioned it in his SEK remembrance.

      • Linnaeus

        Went back and looked at it – now I remember.

    • LG&M is bad for marriages.

      • EliHawk

        Well, having at least one of them is usually a prerequisite to get out of one.

        • CP

          All three of them could get you out of a marriage, one of them rather more emphatically than the other two.

          • mikeSchilling

            It also doesn’t help to be an excitable boy. Or a werewolf.

  • Where’s Hillary these days? I hear a lot about Sanders, but Hillary seems to have dropped off the radar, except for an occasional twitter screed from Trump.

    • Abbey Bartlet

      Well, she holds no public office.

      • Neither does Gore.

        • Abbey Bartlet

          I’m not hearing much from him, either…

          • EliHawk

            And certainly didn’t hear anything from him until fall 2002 (save that, after 9/11 he said something supportive of national unity), when he hosted SNL. Even then though, Al Gore wasn’t a BFD until the Inconvenient Truth boomlet in 2006. He endorsed Dean just in time for him to flame out, and then had a very short “Every vote counts, BELEIVE ME” kind of speech on night one at the DNC.

    • Rob in CT

      What would you like her to do, specifically?

    • PJ

      Can we, like, leave her the fuck alone?

    • Murc

      Probably taking a well-deserved vacay.

      I am not the biggest fan of Clinton in the world, and even I will admit that when you’ve just come off having an election stolen out from underneath you in favor of Donald fuckin’ Trump, you can take some personal time.

      • tsam

        No shit–she’s handling that much more professionally and adult-ish than I would.

        • efgoldman

          she’s handling that much more professionally and adult-ish than I would.

          For all we know she goes down to her Chappaqua basement twice a day and screams primal screams while taking a carving knife to pictures of Comey.

          But probably not.

          • Abbey Bartlet

            For all we know she goes down to her Chappaqua basement twice a day and screams primal screams while taking a carving knife to pictures of Comey.

            Just when I thought I couldn’t love her any more.

    • ochospantalones

      It is a complete mystery to me how having Hillary provide Trump endless opportunities to re-litigate the election and draw focus away from his own problems would help anything.

      • Murc

        Re-litigating the election in which we got more votes than the other guy and which Comey and the Russians put their thumbs on the scale?

        I am fucking 100% in favor of that. The fact that the Democrats have not been declaring Trump illegitimate, as he is, is a major failing on our part.

        We should goddamn well be re-litigating the election that we won.

        • Abbey Bartlet
          • Murc

            We need an army of John Lewis clones. May he live twenty more years.

        • ochospantalones

          I think we’re talking about two different things. In hindsight I probably should have said “campaign” rather than “election”. I am absolutely on board with contesting Trump’s legitimacy based on the myriad factors that contributed to his electoral college victory (Comey and the FBI, voter suppression, Russian interference and Wikileaks, the disastrous media coverage of the campaign, etc.).

          But I don’t think Hillary coming back to attack Trump furthers that at all. Both the right wing and the putative “Left” are desperate to have her to kick around some more and distract from all of those other issues. And the media would be more than happy to join in and forget about Trump.

          • Murc

            Fair enough point.

      • mikeSchilling

        It makes liberals look like sore losers. What’s not to like?

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      It wouldn’t surprise me if she didn’t give up on US politics mostly and focus on the Clinton Foundation, whose work has got to be far more satisfying than dealing with Republicans and the media.

  • Hercules Mulligan

    Ooh, this I like (and not just because I’m in the photo). FP really was the weakest aspect of Sanders’s run (with the exception of his very welcome, but very mild, apostasy on Israel-Palestine). Excited to see what happens.

    • CP Norris

      I liked his comments about Henry Kissinger. And that he made Clinton talk about the Sandinistas.

      • EliHawk

        I liked his comments about Henry Kissinger. And that he made Clinton talk about the Sandinistas.

        Man, Sanders had his finger on the pulse of contemporary issues in foreign policy, that guy.

        • MPAVictoria

          Yeah who cares about hundreds of thousand of dead east Asians right?

    • delazeur

      with the exception of his very welcome, but very mild, apostasy on Israel-Palestine

      Which is a great example of how we can have leftish foreign policy, not just leftish domestic policy.

  • Abbey Bartlet

    OT: Is anyone else having issues with the site today? Every time I click to go to a comment it bumps me up the page.

    • Yes, but not consistently. I think it has something to do with one or more of the ads (and doesn’t happen when the luck of the draw keeps my page free of such an ad).

      • Abbey Bartlet

        Ugh. Fine. If this was a ploy to get me to set up a donation so I can turn on my adblocker without feeling guilty…it worked, but I’m Very Cross.

        • The Temporary Name

          You know, Twitter embeds really suck because the site doesn’t seem to take into account the real estate that tweets grab.

  • libarbarian

    Foreign policy was something of an afterthought to Sanders’ 2016 effort,

    That’s an understatement!

  • Rob in CT

    Foreign policy was something of an afterthought to Sanders’ 2016 effort, but he began to develop some infrastructure as the campaign went on. Indeed, the decision to not develop a strong FP critique of Hillary Clinton, precisely the strategy that had allowed Barack Obama to defeat her in ’08, was what made me think that Sanders had initially conceived of himself as an issue/protest candidate rather than a serious challenger. Looking to the future, however, it will be interesting to see how Sanders develops this infrastructure into a genuinely leftish foreign policy platform.

    Yes, and good. We need to articulate such a platform. Whether Sanders does it or someone else. I’m glad he’s working on it. I wish he’d worked on it more during the primaries.

  • Gareth

    Not exactly foreign policy, but I wonder how Sanders would have done if he’d adopted your position of abolishing the Air Force. Yes, the Republicans would have caricatured it as literally destroying all the aircraft, but it’s not as if they didn’t have other things to caricature.

    • Robert Farley

      I was told that the tamale was a touch too spicy.

      • Gareth

        Yeah, but I think they were too timid. I doubt most voters would care one way or another.

  • Steve LaBonne

    Definitely wanted Sanders and his supporters to play a more active role in the party going forward instead of sniping from the outside, so this is great news.

    • Abbey Bartlet

      Definitely wanted Sanders … to play a more active role in the party

      I can think of a good first step.

      • Steve LaBonne

        There is that. Still glad to see his supporters trying to work within the party rather than pissing into the tent from outside.

        • Abbey Bartlet

          Absolutely.

  • CP

    Indeed, the decision to not develop a strong FP critique of Hillary Clinton, precisely the strategy that had allowed Barack Obama to defeat her in ’08, was what made me think that Sanders had initially conceived of himself as an issue/protest candidate rather than a serious challenger.

    It’s certainly why I conceived of him as an issue/protest candidate rather than a serious challenger – that, plus his apparent tone-deafness to race and gender issues, pretty much convinced me he was a one-trick pony. If nothing else, I’m curious to see what comes out of his finally developing FP thoughts.

  • sleepyirv

    .. .was what made me think that Sanders had initially conceived of himself as an issue/protest candidate rather than a serious challenger.

    Well, he was an issue/protest candidate, which was probably should have been more worried about Clinton when he did so relatively well.

    Congrats to Duss,and best hopes for Sanders, Warren, Booker, Schumer, and any other Dem Senator wiling to keeping the dream alive.

    • Donna Gratehouse

      He did so well because she didn’t run hard against him in the primary, in a futile attempt to avoid alienating his supporters. It was her biggest mistake, IMO, and allowed him to stay in the primary way too long, which then enabled Wikileaks to do its damage.

      • MPAVictoria

        You have it backwards. He didn’t run hard enough against her because he didn’t want to damage her in the General as she was always likely to win the nomination. Turns out this was a huge mistake.

        • TopsyJane

          No. It was Clinton who was thinking about the general election. He didn’t run hard enough against her initially because he didn’t think he had a real shot. By the time he got around to calling her “unqualified” it was already over.

  • Aexia

    Sanders’ FP problem was that outside of the Iraq War, he didn’t actually have any different stances than Clinton. Hard to make the case that her FP is terrible when you’ve been on the same page as her for the past 12 years.

    • wengler

      I didn’t hear Bernie pushing for a ‘no-fly’ zone in Syria.

      • MPAVictoria

        Not to mention the Israel Palestine issue.

  • e.a.foster

    Bernie has got 4 years to get ready. He may run again. He may try to re focus the party. He maybe getting ready for the elections in 2 years. My hat goes off to him. He lost but he continues to fight. Bernie have the last laugh yet. oldest President in history of the U.S.A.

    • wengler

      I don’t know if he’s going to run again but he’s certainly laying the infrastructure for a more progressive Democratic party. Sanders supporters are winning delegate elections and looks like one will win the DNC chair too. Unwinding the Clinton control of the party is happening.

    • Murc

      Bernie has got 4 years to get ready. He may run again.

      Speaking as a die-hard Sandernista, I would need to see some damn amazing actuary tables to vote for him in a primary four years from now. DAMN amazing.

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      I hope he’s able to accomplish something, but so far I don’t see much happening. On the plus side, he seems to have the ability to attract donations so maybe he can accomplish something. A common problem of liberal groups is lack of money.

    • mikeSchilling

      Jerry Brown will only be 82 in 2020.

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