I half-admire the fact that Sunkara openly concedes that his support for the consumer wank candidate just a petulant gesture, that Hawkins’s useless-at-best vanity campaign and party whose only tactic is ratfucking elections for Republicans contribute absolutely nothing to left politics on any time horizon:
We should be clear about what’s going on here:
I don’t really understand what’s so mysterious about that. You can talk about anything you want to.
If you’re choosing to spend all day enthusiastically promoting negative Biden stories don’t get indignant when people turn around and conclude you’re doing that to help Trump win— Michael Tae Sweeney (@mtsw) April 26, 2020
Part of this is because preferring a Trump victory to a Biden victory “from the left” really is plainly indefensible, so there’s a lot of hide-the-ball and motte-and-bailey to pretend that’s not what’s happening even though you have to have brain damage to not understand it.— Michael Tae Sweeney (@mtsw) April 26, 2020
Two additional points:
- The “but I’m only one vote” defense is inoperative when you’re using a public forum to persuade other people not to vote for the only person other than Donald Trump who can be elected president. The two-step where people pivot from asserting that their voting preference is important enough to be repeatedly declared to a large audience in a public forum but not important enough to be criticized on the merits is genuinely pathetic.
- It is true that at least some of these people don’t really want Trump to win, and are just free riding on the rank-and-file Democratic voters (disproportionately women of color) in swing states who don’t have the luxury of treating politics as a personal branding exercise to bail you out while you do what you can to make their lives more difficult. But this isn’t a defense. Indeed, in some ways it’s even more deplorable than people who sincerely but misguidedly believe in accelerationism despite its dismal track record in practice.