One difficult thing during the Bush years was that a lot of people who fancied themselves to be pretty liberal still had a hard time abandoning their Totebagger upbringing. You know, compromise is good, if it’s bipartisan it is, by definition, good, we need unity, we need to listen to each other, the truly great politicians are the ones who cross the party aisle, “both sides” have good points, really, if you think about it, those Gangs of Wankers in the Senate are the true saviors of our nation, we must follow our leaders in a time of war, etc. This is mostly style and process stuff, not actual policy, but it’s the bullshit “we just need to come together” version of politics that’s been sold to suckers for decades. Was always just a con game on liberals, of course.
Suckers no more.
I’m not so sure…I see a lot of totebagger friends wringing their hands about Milo Yiannopolus’s right to free speech, about how it would be wrong to filibuster Gorsuch, about how it was the greatest crime ever when some random SNL writer said something mean about Barron Trump on twitter. I’m not defending the rioters in Berkeley or the random SNL writer, but honestly, who gives a fuck? Our nation is under siege. One hundred thousand fucking people have had their visas revoked. We’ve got bigger fish to fry.
You don’t see this kind of bullshit on the right. They’re not constantly worried that the “other side” really has a point that should be heard or that “their side” is being too impolite or any of that kind of crap.
Look, in nine ways out of ten, I think liberal culture is infinitely superior to conservative culture. But if Donald Fucking Trump can’t scare the the Vichy out of us, I don’t know what will.