Civil War on the Left

Civil War on the Left: Election Outlook Edition

Featured image One thing you can reliably count on in a presidential election cycle is that the raw ambition to power will cause candidates eventually to roll out their nastiest attacks on their intra-party rivals. Remember, for example, how embattled incumbent Jimmy Carter obliquely brought up Ted Kennedy’s disgrace at Chappaquiddick in 1980 with his comment that “I never panicked in a crisis,” or how Al Gore was the first person to »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 68: Bernie Fratricide

Featured image Looks like the Bernie Bros are starting to have some fratricidal impulses. First up, Bernie lashed out at the Center for American Progress according to CNN: Sen. Bernie Sanders has accused a leading liberal think tank, founded and run by longtime Hillary Clinton allies, of orchestrating attacks on him and two other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In a letter provided to CNN by his campaign, Sanders addressed the board of »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 67: Mueller Madness

Featured image The left is having a hard time coming to grips with its rout at the hands of the Mueller Report. As has been reported, Rachel Maddow’s viewership on MSNBC cratered last week, and The Guardian—The Frickin’ Guardian!!—wonders if Maddow should pay a price for her egregious sensationalizing of the collusion story: The worst-kept secret in the liberal media ecosystem is that Donald Trump is great for business. Rebranded for the »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 66: Peak Superficiality?

Featured image One of the great things about being a leftist is that you don’t really need to proceed often beyond extremely superficial thinking to feel good about yourself and your cause. Two items today highlight this infantilism of the left: • Trending on Twitter: (Hat tip: Bethany Mandel) • Remember how OJ has been looking for “the real killer” for 25 years now? Meanwhile, leftists have discovered “the real moderates” among »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 65: It’s an Amazon Out There!

Featured image I like to say that half of the problems with the world today are linguistic, specifically, softheaded thinking follows soft language. Back when we referred to “the jungle,” it was something we wanted to cut down, but now it is the rain forest, and we can’t touch it. No one much cared about trash when we took it to “the dump,” but now it is called the landfill, so we have »

Is Veganism a “Cultural Appropriation”?

Featured image We throw a lot of shade here at vegans, chiefly because it has taken on the affectations of ideology, such that cow-hating environmentalists would mandate a vegan diet for all of us if they could. There’s also much truth in the joke: “How do you do you know someone is vegan? Because they’ll eff-ing tell you!” But what will the oh-so-sensitive cultural left do when they realize that western veganism »

Civil War on the Left, Part 63: McCaskill Agonistes

Featured image For a long time now it has been necessary for Democrats to conceal their real views from voters if they expect to get re-elected. Funny how this happens time and time again. It is failing more of the time in recent years: just ask former Democratic Senators Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu. Right now the person who is trying most strenuously to seem like not-a-Democrat is Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. »

The Left to the Clintons: Please Go Away!

Featured image Yet another missive from Robert Kuttner of the lefty American Prospect that will warm the cockles, and many other things beside: Depart, I Say, and Let Us Have Done with You. That’s what Oliver Cromwell said to the Long Parliament in 1653. In May 1940, the British Conservative M.P. Leo Amery flung the same words at Neville Chamberlain, demanding that Hitler’s appeaser step down as British prime minister. The words »

Civil War on the Left, Part 62: The (Progressive ) Beat Goes On

Featured image Stunning news out of the Massachusetts primary this evening, where 10-term incumbent House member Michael Capuano has been defeated for re-election by Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley. CBS News notes the obvious comparison to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez: Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley has unseated 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano, in a surprise upset in the Massachusetts Democratic primary Tuesday. Pressley, the first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009 »

Civil War on the Left, Part 61: Identity Politics Dilemmas

Featured image This is one of those blogging equivalents to Hannibal Smith on the “A-Team,” who liked to sign off with, “I love it when a plan comes together!” In this case, I get to say, “I love it when a ‘Civil War on the Left’ entry writes itself.” This, from Robert Kuttner at the left-leaning American Prospect: Race, Class, and Loyalty. Ayanna Pressley, 44, is a respected African American member of the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 60: PP vs. SEIU

Featured image Remember the old saying about the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s attributed to Henry Kissinger—it’s too bad they can’t both lose? We’ve got a great case study in that right now between Planned Parenthood and the SEIU union. Normally it’s just one big happy family in the leftist “hive,” but apparently not this time. From The Intercept: Planned Parenthood Is Asking Donald Trump’s Labor Board for Help in Busting Its »

Civil War on the Left, Part 59: Minnesota Not-So-Nice

Featured image It’s true. Everyone in Minnesota is nice. Not just Scott and John and Mitch Pearlstein. Everyone, that is, except progressive Democrats. Turns out a Democratic group in the state founded to promote the legacy of the late Paul Wellstone is feuding: In the Democratic Party’s reckoning following the election of Donald Trump, an unlikely feud has erupted inside an organization at the heart of the progressive movement. Earlier this year, »

Civil War on the Left, Part 58: Going Googly-Eyed

Featured image I have been remarking for a while that it is not a coincidence that Google refers to its Mountain View headquarters as a “campus,” as the politics of Google appear to be a close replication of college campus politics, with identity politics running amok. They might want to rethink this. We covered Google’s disgraceful firing of James Damore (here, here, and here), but today the Wall Street Journal has a »

Civil War on the Left, Part 57: Dem House Divided Against Itself

Featured image Democrats have a very good chance of taking the House of Representatives in November—if they can keep their comediennes under control. Apparently the folks who run the White House Correspondents Dinner have forgotten the lessons of the Wellstone funeral in 2002. Democrats also need to keep their Bernie-bro “progressives” under control. Whatever else you may think of Nancy Pelosi and minority leader Steny Hoyer, they know practical politics, and know »

Civil War on the Left, Part 56: Diversity for Thee, But Not for Me (Updated)

Featured image One of the things you can always count on from liberals is that their earnest care about the poor and disadvantaged always ends when policies to alleviate inequality might affect them. Like this story from the Wall Street Journal today about how parents on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (it hardly gets any more correctly liberal than the Upper West Side) object to a plan to admit student with—gasp! »

Civil War on the Left, Part 55: Democrat Dilemmas

Featured image One of the central problems of liberalism is that its operating dogmas sooner or later collide with each other. Take the way antitrust operated for decades: if you charged the same price as your competitors, you were guilty of collusion and price-fixing. But if you charged less than your competitors, you were guilty of predatory pricing. (Indeed this is exactly how antitrust investigations began decades ago before we came to »

Civil War on the Left, Part 54: Campus Cannibalism

Featured image Today’s installment of our Civil War on the Left series notes two recent incidents on campus that should fuel a big bump in popcorn futures prices in the commodity pits. First, at the University of Texas at Austin, a leftist professor who checks all the right boxes is nonetheless in hot water because he stumbled over one of the advanced feminist borders. From The American Spectator: An Antifa group at »