Perhaps Howard Schultz and today’s Democratic Party are symptoms of the same condition. Both the billionaire and the party with a lot of billionaires want to restore an era, a politics, and a political culture that seem increasingly foreign with each new tweet from the White House.
"It’s obvious that the old American aristocracy had a much better track record. It’s not even close, really. The old American aristocracy was in control during an unparalleled period of American ascendance. It presided over the greatest economic expansion ever, the creation of a massive and growing middle class, the spread of democracy to other parts of the globe, general peace in its spheres of influence, institutions such as the Marshall Plan, United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bretton Woods Monetary System, and the creation of “the liberal world order.” And though this group of elites came close, they didn’t blow up the world. However, determining just how much credit the old American aristocracy deserves for these developments is tricky."
The Negro whisper benefits from convincing black people and reassuring white people that "the system" is running exactly as it should. That exceptional blacks did it on their own while poor and struggling blacks are where they are because of bad choices. Therefore, politics becomes essentially personal and entrepreneurial, the means by which we change individual behavior and thought to fit the logic of the marketplace. It’s not about changing how society is organized and distributes public goods.
Corporatist puppets like Neera Tanden and fauxgressives like Howard Dean have to smear Gabbard for the same reasons they went after Bernie Sanders.
"Clinton’s failure and the blizzard of excuses for it has allowed The Democratic Party to: 1) double-down on the its weak and fractured message; 2) smear Trump and play up the demonization of Russia; 3) ostracize those not down with the Obama/Clinton message; 4) pay lip service to the progressive/Bernie Sanders wing of the party while simultaneously undermining it; and 5) court Wall Street and Silicon Valley for millions as the rest of us stoke the culture war with talk about various genders, binary bathrooms, disabled journalists, illegitimate presidents, and whether black millionaires are getting enough Oscars."
When the fake can’t overcome the real thing, its only option is to get real. However the upper echelon of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Republican Party has no interest in this kind of analysis. Therefore, the party has no interest in reality.
A more “open-ended” narrative that political operatives and the media have a more difficult time managing is that the “Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Election of 2016” story is itself a small part of a larger narrative about America’s particular historical moment.
The parallels between Hillary Clinton and Lyndon Johnson on the left side of the ideological spectrum and Donald Trump and Barry Goldwater on the right are too eerie to ignore.
Matt Lauer's major failure moderating the Commander In Chief Forum was not being prepared for the wildly different rhetorical styles employed by Clinton and Trump.
Of course, he never tells us when America was great. It's good enough that only he knows that it is no longer.