This is some real galaxy brain shit here:
So if I understand correctly, leftism-definitely-not-liberalism requires not merely adopting Mark Halperin’s theory of electoral politics but a theory of political change that apparently comes from a particularly naive undergrad summary of On Liberty? It’s very confusing.
Anyway, it’s obvious to me that Warren made the right call, but either way the idea that Warren has abandoned “mass politics” because she declined to make a single appearance on a destructive hate propaganda network is so silly that to restate it is to refute it. (Anybody who doesn’t appeal to the white working class audience on David Duke’s podcast is a neoliberal stooge!) As long as it doesn’t contribute to Rupert Murdoch’s bottom line she engages with primarily white working class audiences all the time.
With the amendment that we’re only talking about a specific subset of “leftists,” I think this explains a lot of these desperate reverse-engineered attacks on Warren even as she runs to Bernie’s left:
I really do think Warren loses a lot of leftist street cred by earnestly hating Republicans. You’re supposed to hate Democrats and consider Republicans to be the natural byproduct of Democratic failures, and their voters are merely socialists who have lost their way.— King’s Landing Fire Safety Captain (@agraybee) May 15, 2019