Posted by Melissa McEwan at Friday, April 15, 2016
"[T]he business about discounting Clinton support as coming from 'conservative states' in the 'Deep South' actually exemplifies the problem I saw in the Sanders campaign from the beginning, and made me distrust both the movement and the man. What you see, on this as on multiple issues, is the casual adoption, with no visible effort to check the premises, of a story line that sounds good. It's all about the big banks; single-payer is there for the taking if only we want it; government spending will yield huge payoffs—not the more modest payoffs conventional Keynesian analysis suggests; Republican support will vanish if we take on corporate media. In each case the story runs into big trouble if you do a bit of homework; if not completely wrong, it needs a lot of qualification. But the all-purpose response to anyone who raises questions is that she or he is a member of the establishment, personally corrupt, etc. ...I know some people think that I'm obsessing over trivial policy details, but they're missing the point. It's about an attitude, the sense that righteousness excuses you from the need for hard thinking and that any questioning of the righteous is treason to the cause."—Paul Krugman, in "Why I Haven't Felt The Bern."