The exceptionalist faith transcends evidence. We can be sure that during the run-up to the 2016 election, democracy will continue its inexorable forward march, in the rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans if not in the world at large. Among the current crop of candidates, the only challenges to exceptionalism come from Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, and Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator from Virginia. Paul has defended civil liberties more outspokenly than any other congressman in either party; he is a consistent libertarian, as opposed to the warfare state as to the welfare state. —Jackson Lears, “Any Male Reactionary >>>>> Hillary Clinton”
Interestingly, Rand’s fanboys on the “left” also think that Trump’s post facto opposition to the war started by the brother of his primary opponent matters more than any of his other words and actions, so this is perfect.
UPDATE: We’ve spotted the sucker:
Again, the remarkable double standard by which what is now the anti-anti-Trump left treats liberal Democrats and stanard-issue reactionaries who occasionally affect civil libertarianism is going to mean stepping on a lot of rakes.