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Support Medicare for All? Marijuana Decriminalization? Universal Background Checks? James Hohmann of the WaPo Says You Are FAR LEFT!!!

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Yet again, the corporate, most decidedly NOT “liberal media” descends deep into self parody. This time, it’s a column by Washington (Com)Post “national political correspondent and author of The Daily 202” James Hohmann entitled, “The far left is winning the Democratic civil war.” Wait, what is that you ask? Did you miss something? Have Maoists, Marxists-Leninists,  swarmed into the Democratic Party recently, without any of us noticing? Yeah, didn’t think so. Yet, according to James Hohmann, the “far left” is upon us, and not only that, it’s winning!!! LOL

First off, let’s get at what Hohmann believes to be “far left.” From his article, a few characteristics include:

  • Supporting – wait for this, because it’s SHOCKING, I tell you – Medicare for All.” You know, like letting everyone have access to that crazy, hard-left program known as…(cue scary music; are you sitting down???) Medicare! LOL
  • Supporting – again, you really had better get your smelling salts and fainting couch ready, because THIS is wild – “universal background checks to buy guns.” Yeah, that’s right, something that 90% of Americans support is now “far left,” according to the (Com)Post’s national political correspondent.
  • OK, now THIS one is super harsh, to claim that anyone who supports “decriminalizing marijuana” is far left, but apparently James Hohmann has never inhaled, nor will he ever inhale. LOL
  • And god help you if you are “a liberal social worker and political neophyte,” because James Hohmann will say you’re “far left.” Or if you dare to challenge – let alone defeat – a member of the “establishment.” FAR LEFT!!!
  • Oh, and you’d better not say a word about “raising taxes,” which was done multiple times by that notorious “far left” president named Ronald Reagan. And George HW Bush. And pretty much every president. All “far left,” in Hohmann’s view.
  • Oh yeah, another great one is that if you run against someone who is a “proud progressive,” you are “far left.” Even worse is if you ran against – and defeated – a candidate who was “a registered Republican until 2016.” And the kicker is if you happen to be “the grandson of Henry Wallace, who was Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president for a term and then ran against Harry Truman, who FDR dumped him for, from the far left in 1948.”

As I said, this shit is beyond parody. But sadly, it’s actually published in today’s Washington Post. One good thing about this article, at least, is the comments section. Check out the top-rated comments, which basically all mock and demolish Hohmann.

  • “I love how the media is doing everything to marginalize the liberal wing of the democratic party because being in favor of medicare for all is such a radical act that they should be compared to the tea party, who had people who advocated assassination, witch craft and claiming rape was the woman’s fault.”
  • “Medicare for all has been ‘far left’ by American standards in recent decades. In all other first world countries, it’s sound health and economic policy.”
  • “There is no such thing as the ‘far left’ in this country. To the extent that there is, it is minimal, and politically a zero. On the other hand, there is absolutely a ‘far right’ in this country. And it is in charge of all branches of government.”
  • That this author thinks these candidates are the far left shows us how far to the right politics in America has moved. These are MODERATES and what they show is that Democrats win when they run as DEMOCRATS, not republican lite. Conservatism has never done ANY nation any good, least of all America.”

Last but not least, let me just point out that, as Vox reports, one candidate (Rich Lazer in PA-5) endorsed by Bernie Sanders lost (by a 28%-15% margin to attorney and School Board member Mary Gay Scanlon), while another (Gregory Edwards in PA-7) endorsed by Our Revolution finished third out of three candidates (behind anti-immigration hardliner John Morganelli and Emily’s List-endorsed Susan Wild). Again, is anyone seeing any sign of the “broader leftward lurch among Democrats across the country” that Hohmann identifies imagines in a malarial fever dream? Nope, me either.

P.S. I wonder how many of Virginia’s Democratic Congressoinal candidates Hohmann would consider “far left,” since I believe almost every single one of them supports some form of path towards universal health care coverage (e.g., Medicare X, single payer), marijuana decriminalization, “universal background checks to buy guns,” etc. Yep, it appears that Hohmann would consider basically every single Democrat running for Congress this year from Virginia to be “far left,” by his laughable criteria.

 

 

 

 

  • A_Siegel

    The piece could have been — “Primary results show that there is continued tension between establishment Democratic institutions, like the DCCC, and the wishes of the Democratic Party base. In multiple primaries, the DCCC’s preferred/supported candidate lost to grassroots candidates. The voters see these as better candidates while the DCCC thought otherwise. Some DCCC backed candidates beat grassroots candidates, some lost … For political watchers, we might be able to separate this out in the November elections to see whether the DCCC or grassroots candidates end up performing better in election results …”
    But, no, the shallow and lazy “VIllage” journalism political pundit ‘meme’ is that Democratic Party voters who put Democratic values and grass-roots candidates ahead of DCCC crass political calculations are radical leftists …

  • A_Siegel

    This piece is a travesty on multiple levels — from the shallowness to the framing of issues agreed on by the majority of Americans as “far left” to the caricature nature of describing candidates.

    For example, John Fetterman who is now the Democratic Party nominee for Lt.Gov. in Pennsylvania.

    Here is how I might describe Fetterman
    – Mayor of a small western Pennsylvania town
    – Harvard graduate (MA) who returned to the town, with his wife, determined to give back to the community
    – created/ran a successful GED program
    – as Mayor, has run town well with innovative programs that are solving real problems, creating opportunities
    – ran for Senate in 2016, which gave him state-wide name recognition
    – Focused on serious issues — from lost jobs in steel country to opiates to — and working to address them
    – Articulate, passionate, substantive
    — etc …

    How does Hohman describe him?

    “Statewide, John Fetterman — a small-town mayor with a bristly beard and tattoos on both of his arms — toppled Pennsylvania’s incumbent lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, thanks in part to the strong endorsement of Bernie Sanders, who stumped across the state for him on Friday and Saturday. Fetterman campaigned on universal health care and legalizing marijuana.”

    Re Fetterman, in all seriousness, check out his “why I’m running” https://johnfetterman.com/why-im-running/ and his background https://johnfetterman.com/get-to-know-john/ He clearly is “progressive” but he is far from some form of radical “Far Left”. In any event, thinking out a decade, it might not be crazy to think that he might be on a national ticket in 2028 …

    • How do people like Hohmann get hired, let alone STAY hired? Of course, if Chris Cillizza can pretend to be (and get paid to be) a “journalist,” I guess anyone can…

  • OrangeDem

    Kind of embarrassing a national political correspondent for the Post thinks support of decriminalization of marijuana is a liberal stance. That would be news to the Republican Congressman from the Fifth District of Virginia, Tom Garrett, who is leading bi-partisan efforts for decriminalization.

    • He’s not even saying it’s “liberal,” he’s saying it’s “far left,” which is beyond bizarre. Maoists for marijuana decriminalization? WTF?