No, Tiger Beat, 2020 Is Not 1972

Would you buy a used car from these men?

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has a really BS-laden article of how the Dims are in the same position with Preznint Stupid as they were with Nixon during the 1972 election with McGovern as the standard bearer.

Tiger Beat is assuming that the Dims are split into two hostile factions: Sanders’ Bros and Hillary’s Bots:

Consumed by internecine battles and the idea of opposition, Democrats run the risk of again nominating someone like McGovern who pleases progressives but steers a course too far from the country’s center of political gravity to win, even as Trump continues his funhouse mirror impression of Nixon as the avatar of white cultural-grievance politics.

See what Tiger Beat did there? It’s a BOTH SIDES within the same party. This is really sloppy punditry.

Tiger Beat forgets issues the Bros and the Bots held in common like the minimum wage and (this year) on single-payer healthcare (Medicare for All). This year, Dims have united behind both progressive candidates and moderate candidates whenever they had a chance to pimp-slap our Fascist-in-Chief.

There is greater consensus amongst Democrats than there is amongst Republicans, but TBotP doesn’t go there: it upsets their intellectually lazy argument.

And, if you want to talk about a party splintering, just recall that the GOP falls into four main branches: Greater Wingnuttia, NeoCons, Y’all Qaeda, and The New Confederacy (which also is isolationist); the Ayn Randians might even be splitting off from Greater Wingnuttia, too. Preznint Stupid cannot get three out of the four on his side, he now has a record to run against, and none of the branches really trusts the other branches.

And let’s not forget that former Preznint Steve Bannon is actively gunning for incumbents, too. The snake eats its tail.

The article drones on and on. Parallels do exist, Nixon and Trump are similar in many psychotic ways, but with more than three years to go and no one yet has emerged as the opposition candidate, this is really punditry at its worst.

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2 Responses to No, Tiger Beat, 2020 Is Not 1972

  1. 9thousandfeet says:

    Didn’t read the politico piece and don’t plan to, but from what you’re saying TG, it’s not so much punditry as agitprop from the party establishment intended to demonize any sentiments which don’t align with the dreary centrist focus-group driven pablum which has been losing elections, especially at state level, for 20-plus years.
    We’re going to be seeing a lot more of this drivel, count on it. The establishment pushback against the progressive upsurge triggered by Sanders’ remarkable insurgency is still in its early stages.

    And the Nixon analogies have always been mostly bullshit.
    Nixon, in spite of his craziness, at least respected the overall political/constitutional architecture of the US. Sure, he’d bend the rules (like any pol) if it would serve his purposes, but he had no appetite for utterly dismantling the political and economic institutions of the republic.

    Trump doesn’t give a fuck about any of that, and even more important, his enablers in the GOP and his hired functionaries in the WH, are actively seeking precisely that outcome.
    They want the regulatory agencies hollowed out to meaningless shells, the public sector assets stripped to the bare walls and distributed to the usual suspects, and the press fully cowed into both-siderist gibberish.

    Also, too, Nixon never did create the kind of zealous personality cult which now comprises Trump’s core support, and which is also a dominant part of the GOP’ electoral base.
    And which now totally curates their own information and news sources, which is a brand-new variable in our politics generally, and that has implications that we’re a long way from understanding. Back in Nixon’s day, just about everyone read the same newspapers and watch the same TV anchors. Those days are gone, and ain’t never coming back.


  2. Pupienus Maximus says:

    TBotP doesn’t go there: it upsets their intellectually lazy argument.

    They aint making an argument, young padawan. They’re pushing an agenda. They don’t go there not because it upsets their argument, but because the facts don’t fit the ideology. It’s not a matter of facts rebutting their argument, it’s a matter of reality contradicting their dogma.

    I prescribe massive Vitamin Cynicism supplements for you. 🙂

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