Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Richard Fernandez addresses the political situation

Well worth a full read.  A taste:

The destruction of future of the Democratic party, which Ossoff was supposed to have been, left the progressives with Bernie Sanders again as the standard bearer of tomorrow.  It illustrates how trapped the Left has become in its own paradigm.  It is an in absurd condition. The obsession with Trump's very real shortcomings obscures the fact that the biggest crisis in American political life today is that of the Democratic Party.  It never really recovered from the Clintons or Obama and it never really came to terms with the economic collapse of the Blue Model.

The American political system is operating in the curious condition of being an impaired state.  It's not really thinking -- about China, Russia, Syria, Kurdistan.  It's not really thinking about anything except half remembered slogans from 1968. Like a person afflicted by a stroke, it can't take a consistent view of external reality because it's regressing into atavisms by a loss of brain function. Democrats are being driven into the Van Jones, Bernie Sanders mode by collapse of its former command structure,  which once kept it inflated like the Big Tent it aspired to be. Leaderless it reverted to type: the screaming, yelling, howling Evergreen State college archetype.

Just the other day I saw that Slow Joe Biden was the front runner in some polls for President in 2020.  Really?  That's an objective failure right there, when you have no one of clear quality to run, and have to fall back on a tired hack of a politician.  I'm sure the party will come up with someone better before then, but good lord, Joe Biden??

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