Watching the left-wing establishment’s response to the debate only confirmed their complicity in what transpired in it. THEY BUILT THIS. They give a token quadrennial handjob to unions, before kicking them back to the curb—then have the audacity to be peeved that their candidate doesn’t mention unions in a domestic policy debate. They rely on the fact that women and homosexuals have no other choice—then act stunned that they neither group is used as important leverage in a domestic policy debate. They take cash from the same Wall St. ghouls as the GOP—then seem aghast that a candidate spends no time embracing “the 99%.” Well, no shit: to quote the vapid poster they probably tacked up next to Klimt’s “The Kiss” in their dorm rooms a thousand years ago, Obama became the change you want to see in the world.
Watching left-wing pundits express shock that the GOP candidate lied his ass off for a couple hours is flabbergasting. They’ve had 44 years of the Republican Party doing this since Nixon’s comeback: how is this not a default expectation? The American right masterfully effects profound sadness at the cynicism of political discourse before beating the shit out of amputee combat veterans—Max Cleland and Tammy Duckworth—as un-American whiners. What aspect of 2000-Present seems insufficient cause for massive, permanent distrust?
“Mobutu Sese Seko,” writing a piece in Gawker aptly titled: “Obama’s Debate: What The Fuck Did You Expect?”
I’ll co-sign all of this and add that a major part of the problem is that conservatives, when their concerns aren’t addressed, take over their party. Liberals and progressives decide to take their ball and go play with third parties or sit the whole thing out, thinking purity is better than getting one’s hands and clothes dirty.
Grass-roots conservatives spent more than four decades running for every elected office under the sun and demanding their candidates adhere to certain principles. It’s long past time for liberals to do the same in terms of advocating for unions, labor, civil rights for women, homosexuals, and other minorities, reproductive rights, and things we took for granted as “settled policy.” You can’t be flabbergasted that a Democratic president doesn’t talk about women’s choice, same-sex marriage, unions, etc. when there has been nothing but reward for ostensibly liberal politicians to not care or antagonize supporters of these things (particularly with regard to unions and reproductive rights.)