Part 1—Loathing Candidate Clinton: Yesterday morning, we were awakened by screams and cries at an ungodly hour.
The caterwauling was coming from the Spartan sleeping quarters where each of the analysts is provided with his or her own sleeping bench.
How piteous were the analysts' cries for help? It almost sounded like wildcats, or other frightening visitors, had invaded the Sleeping Quarters.
Understandably annoyed, we rolled over and went back to sleep. We were convinced that we'd eventually learn the cause of this commotion.
Hours later, the analysts blurted. Despite the warnings they've been given, they had begun to review the new Salon at an early hour.
In some cases, they'd engaged in this high-risk behavior without a "buddy" to spot them! They had failed to steel themselves for what would inevitably come.
While engaged in this early-morning behavior, the analysts had stumbled upon an essay which bore this headline: "Hillary’s atrocious race record: Her stances over decades have been painful and wrong." Below, you see the first chunk of this report's indictment of the candidate for that atrocious record.
Being young and idealistic, the analysts have never come to terms with an important new learning—with a key fact about our modern political life. It's painful but unavoidably true:
This is the way a significant chunk of Our Own Flawless Tribe will persistently "reason:"
AL-GHARBI (4/3/16): [P]erhaps the most disturbing [notion] of all is the insinuation that Hillary Clinton has some kind of proud and storied legacy in the service of black empowerment. She doesn’t. Consider the comparative records of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:To read the whole essay, click here.
The Chicago Years
While attending the University of Chicago, Sanders served as a chapter chairman for the Congress for Racial Equality. In this capacity, he worked to end segregation in schools and housing—activities for which he was arrested.
What was Hillary Clinton doing while Sanders was organizing sit-ins and demonstrations? Well, she was also living in Chicago at the time, but she was working for the other team: in 1963-64, Clinton was a volunteer and supporter for the campaign of Barry Goldwater.
For those who don’t know, Goldwater’s claim to fame is that he was the first Republican to win the Deep South since Reconstruction. He achieved this feat by vowing to undermine enforcement of the Civil Rights Act, and to prevent further erosion of white privilege. His campaign was so disgusting that many Republican leaders, such as George Romney and John Rockefeller, refused to endorse his candidacy even after he won his party’s nomination. A good deal of the Republican electorate, who had traditionally championed civil rights and civil liberties, also refused to support him. As a result, those aforementioned Deep South states were literally the only contests he won other than his home state of Arizona in one of the most dramatic landslide losses in U.S. presidential history. Yet, this is the man who inspired Hillary Clinton to get into politics. And she was campaigning for him while Bernie was campaigning for desegregation.
In fairness, who could blame the analysts for their piteous screams? Who could blame them, when they'd been confronted with an emission like that?
Musa al-Gharbi seems to be on the youngish side. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2012. He got a master's degree in philosophy the next year.
On to the views-in-themselves! Al-Gharbi prefers Candidate Sanders to Candidate Clinton. So do millions of other people. As the analysts quickly noted, there's nothing wrong with that!
There's nothing wrong with preferring Candidate Sanders; millions of people do. But good lord! Hours later, the analysts were still trembling and tearing their hair as they pointed to the passage we've posted above. And to other passages in the new Salon piece!
That passage invites the analysts to come to terms with a basic fact—a basic fact they simply can't seem to process. Here it is, and it's unavoidable:
Our tribe is rich with The Crazy too. It isn't just The Others! It isn't just Them, Over There!
For many years, it was hard for liberals to learn that basic fact. Most of our team was asleep in the woods—but Rush and Sean were very active. Their supporters could be heard on the air every day, calling themselves "dittoheads."
During that era of liberal somnolence, it was easy to form a false impression—the impression that the Cray-Cray and the inanely tribal only occurred Over There. It was easy to mistake the meaning of our own tribe's somnolence—of our laziness, our indolence, our irresponsible conduct.
Eventually, the new Salons began springing up; so did comment threads. This brought the truth about our own tribe into view:
It turns out that we can be crazy too! Beyond that, it turns out that we're susceptible to primitive tribal loathing, just as some of Those People are.
Sometimes we direct our loathing at the racist bigoted xenophobe nativists we are flawlessly able to spot Over There. Sometimes, we direct our loathing at people within our own party or tribe or voting bloc—at people like the disgraceful Candidate Clinton, who was politically impure at the age of 16.
Comment threads have made it clear—we the liberals are deeply flawed in a wide array of ways. Heroically, news orgs like the new Salon are working overtime to make this important fact clear.
Still and all, it's very hard for us the liberals to come to terms with this important fact. That said, the loathing and lunacy within our own tribe often stand in the way of progress.
We'll be looking at the tribe in the mirror for the rest of the week. In the end, spotting the loathing Over There just doesn't get the job done.
Tomorrow: At seventeen—and beyond