by Fredrik deBoer
February 29, 2016
I’m regularly accused of believing things that I’ve never said and don’t believe. That’s largely a facet of the fact that, on the internet today, arguing with people is really a matter of misrepresenting what they’re saying and then attacking the misrepresentation. One of the most constant of these is that I say “both parties are the same.” I’ve never said that. Ever. In my life. But over time, the claims of friends who do say that have been vindicated over and over again.
By that I mean something very simple: my communist friends who really do say that the two parties are the same make predictions about politics. My Democrat friends do the same. Looking back at the times when the two groups have clashed, the commies have been right literally 100% of the time.
I get accused of being a “Naderite,” though in fact I voted for Gore in the first election I was old enough to vote in. (I’ve come to regret that decision over time.) The Democrats said that left-wing critics of the party would be welcomed into the fold; the commies told me that the Democrats hate the left and always would. The commies were right. The Democrats told me that anti-Iraq war voices would be an important slice of the party in the debates to come. The commies told me Democrats and their representatives in the media would engage in redbaiting eliminationism like we’d never seen before. The commies were right. The Democrats told me that a candidate like Howard Dean, who at the time was running as an explicitly left-wing challenger to the Democrat establishment, would have a great chance at the nomination; my commie friends said that the Democrats and their surrogates in the media would destroy Dean. The commies were right.
I’m from Connecticut. Though I wasn’t very involved in campaigning for the Lamont campaign, I was friends with many people who were, and I stuffed some envelopes and went to some rallies and reached out to friends. My Democrat friends said this was the beginning of a new Democratic party, one emboldened by the failures of the Bush administration to move left. My commie friends said the Democrats would never allow Lamont to unseat Joe Lieberman. When we won the Democratic primary, I said “I told you so” to my commie friends. Then state Democrats started a slander campaign, called us anti-Semitic, Jacob Weisberg said in Slate that we were in league with America’s enemies, and the powerbrokers in Connecticut Democratic politics crossed lines to support Joe Lieberman.