Great that very serious people like Jon Rauch and Ben Wittes are seeing the light, but this is something we unserious partisans figured out 15 or 20 years ago:
We have both spent our professional careers strenuously avoiding partisanship in our writing and thinking. We have both done work that is, in different ways, ideologically eclectic, and that has—over a long period of time—cast us as not merely nonpartisans but antipartisans. Temperamentally, we agree with the late Christopher Hitchens: Partisanship makes you stupid. We are the kind of voters who political scientists say barely exist—true independents who scour candidates’ records in order to base our votes on individual merit, not party brand.[….]
We’re suggesting that in today’s situation, people should vote a straight Democratic ticket even if they are not partisan, and despite their policy views. They should vote against Republicans in a spirit that is, if you will, prepartisan and prepolitical. Their attitude should be: The rule of law is a threshold value in American politics, and a party that endangers this value disqualifies itself, period. In other words, under certain peculiar and deeply regrettable circumstances, sophisticated, independent-minded voters need to act as if they were dumb-ass partisans.
I guess the proper attitude is “welcome aboard” but how was all of this not obvious years ago? Even if you gloss over the Gingrich bullshit in the 90s, the Bush tax cuts, the lead-up to the Iraq War….how could you not see this when McCain chose Palin as his running mate?
As you know, I’m fueled creatively by my massive hatred of Christopher Hitchens. But leaving aside the misogyny, the slurred speech, the Oxbridge mumbling…the fucker was always wrong. When you’ve managed to be a commie and a neocon in one lifetime, well…..