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  •  From Rick Perlstein's recent post in Nation: (3+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, Eric Stetson, LaEscapee

    Eric, it's about your idea here:

    There's going to have to be some kind of a new political movement from the left; it's just a question of what form it takes: primaries and withholding votes, or formation of a third party, or protest marches, or going local and abandoning most states to conservatism.
    When you said this it reminded me of this offhand comment by historian Rick Perlstein (Nixonland; Before the Storm) in this discussion about Glenn Greenwald that's been in the liberal blogosphere.  Here's what Perlstein said:
    Unfortunately, given the rules of the American political game, people who try to participate by self-righteously refusing to identify with one or the other of the two parties are like people who say they love to play baseball but refuse to join a team. The name of this game—a loooooong game—is ideological civil war for the soul of each party. And one you can’t win if you don’t play. I don’t write that because I’m a partisan, or because I prefer a two-party system. I write that because I think it’s true.
    This is the way the liberals/ progressives do it, then.  It's all about the soul of the Democratic Party, a soul they can reflect upon as long as there's no post-primary election run-up going on and they're not chattering about how bad the Republicans are, and it's this "long game" in which the liberals and progressives pretend they're progressing toward something even though there they are, on the wrong side of the fence with the execrable Rand Paul on the right side.  

    And that "long game"?  There will be a dozen more game-changing economic and political disasters between now and 2020, and the likes of Perlstein will still be playing that "long game" as if nothing had happened in the intervening seven years, and as if they were still in the game when in fact they had lost said game a long time ago.  What's especially annoying about all this is that the above Rick Perlstein quote is the outcome of the lesson liberals draw from history, Perlstein's specialty of course.  Obviously, like you said, we need something new.

    "It's not my fault reality is marxist." - Che Guevara

    by Cassiodorus on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 06:12:54 PM PDT

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