I don’t think there’s anything in what you’ve said that contradicts what I’ve said. The only thing I’d disagree with is the use of the word “or” in the first sentence, rather than the word “and”. Clinton was a bad candidate and (especially working class) people stayed home. Some may have even voted for Trump out of anger at things like NAFTA, and the closed circle of DC politics, and her ties to billionaires (that last one kinda should have been negated by the fact Trump is a billionaire, but let’s not dwell on the obvious).

And so (not or so) the Trump coalition, the core of which is better off, white, old, racists carried the day. And it is a disaster.

I don’t know who you think you’re arguing with but let me be clear — I backed Bernie in the primary, probably more enthusiastically than is appropriate for a non US citizen (I come from Australia). My critiques of Bernie were all from the left.

I tasted teargas for the first time as a teenageer, protesting the Iraq war, having already lost friends over opposing Bill Clinton bombing Iraq to distract everyone from that blowjob he got (Operation Desert Fox).

I guess the difference between me and people like you and Matt is that I’m able to move on from the “I told you so’s” and stop attacking Clinton and the DC establishment long enough to get a clear picture of what is really happening right now.

What I think has actually happened is that that neo-liberal consensus died, or lost it’s capacity to impose itself on the public, sometime between 2008, and 2011, but that the left intelligencia, rather than dreaming up an alternative vision that the forces behind Occupy and the Sanders campaign could have carried into power, just kept on harping like the whiney do nothings they’re always accused of being.

I have never been so angry or felt so betrayed.

Matt continues this fine tradition of failing to plan, focussing on a constant attempt at moral one-up-manship, and pointing out how much better we on The Real Left are than those Damn Liberals.

Recovering journo. Still at war with bullshit. Cofounder of the Stone research transparency system. www.writeinstone.com

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