A Tiny Departure

The moment a Dem candidate steps a tiny way away from the deranged wokesterism that has engulfed the party, the ideological purity hounds begin the hunt. From the NYTimes today:

As she injects chaos into the 2020 Democratic primary by accusing her own party of “rigging” the election, an array of alt-right internet stars, white nationalists and Russians have praised her.

My favorite part isn’t even the supremely idiotic expression “white nationalists,” but the obligatory addition of “and Russians” to any list of evildoers.

Gabbard is maybe half a percentage point less wokie-doodle than the rest of the candidates but even that tiny departure from the cult of wokesterism can’t be tolerated.

11 thoughts on “A Tiny Departure”

  1. (I’m commenting a lot today!)

    There’s a question of cause and effect here. To be sure, there is probably not a single Democratic candidate who has escaped criticism for offending someone’s sensibility. But is Gabbard getting a little extra heat because she is that much less woke, or is that just a line of attack being used because it’s available, by establishment powers whose main objection to her, is something else entirely?

    She was on the Democratic Party’s central committee, but quit to support Sanders over Clinton. She is known as the antiwar Democrat, at a time when Syria has replaced Iraq as the new forever war. She accuses the Democrat debate process of being rigged!

    If I were pressed to explain the correlation between her insufficient wokeness and her insufficient adherence to other liberal establishment causes, maybe I would resort to the sentimental-sounding explanation, that she is simply a good person. She is not a corrupt careerist, at a time when the American liberal establishment is defined by the combination of woke values at home, endless crusading abroad, and backroom machinations to determine who leads the party.

    A more hardheaded explanation might seek to explain her difference by looking at her peculiar origins, in a socially conservative Hindu sect. That difference has now become an asset for her – if breadth of support is still counted as an asset in Democratic party politics… But I am becoming inappropriately polemical, for someone writing about another country’s politics. 🙂


    1. No, that’s ok, a different perspective is always welcome. American politics would definitely benefit from learning about what it all looks like from the outside. These are great comments, thank you!


    1. Let’s take a deep breath and remember that everybody was against gay marriage until 5 seconds ago. I’m glad things changed but let’s not act like it’s particularly atrocious to have been against it 20 years ago.


            1. Seriously, though, have you found anybody without a college degree and / or an income of over $70,000 who supports Warren? Anybody? If you don’t know such people, ask the janitor or hang out at a Greyhound station.

              In all fairness, I don’t say they support Bernie either.


              1. I don’t think Ms. Blankenship makes $70,000 a year

                LeeAnn Blankenship, a 38-year-old coach and supervisor at a home visitation company who grew up in Kermit and wore a sharp pink suit, said she may now support Warren in 2020 after voting for Trump in 2016.

                “She’s a good ol’ country girl like anyone else,” she said of Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma. “She’s earned where she is, it wasn’t given to her. I respect that.”

                But Warren didn’t come to rural West Virginia primarily in search of votes. The tiny state likely won’t decide the nomination, and is all but certain to back Trump in the general election.



              2. And Warren is improving in the non-college-educated demographic.

                Warren is finally starting to make inroads with voters without a college degree

                For the past couple of months, Warren has been the leading candidate for college-educated voters, particularly white ones, 1 but there are now signs she’s garnering support from voters who aren’t college educated, too. This is important for Warren because a plurality of Democratic voters are white voters without a college degree, and they currently form a key constituency for Biden and Sanders. And in Quinnipiac’s latest survey, Warren had 26 percent support among non-college whites, which put her in a near-tie with Biden at 27 percent and ahead of Sanders’s 19 percent. By comparison, in Quinnipiac’s late-August survey, Warren had 20 percent to Biden’s 30.



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