“When Cheney’s liberal critics place her support for democracy alongside her other positions, they implicitly endorse the same calculation made by her conservative opponents: that the rule of law is just another issue.”— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 11, 2021
Anyone who thinks Liz Cheney is motivated by some sort of sacred devotion to the Rule of Law – after everything she's spent the last two decades supporting – is either extremely ignorant or extremely dishonest. In Scarborough's case, of course, it's always a shifting mix of both: https://t.co/1XmBPjxHE1— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 11, 2021
Comrade, wrong again but in your defense, this probably reads better in the original Russian. https://t.co/XXZykos5GA— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 11, 2021
It is amazing that the Trump era changed left/right views and alliances on virtually every major issue: not all but most. Yet, nothing has changed when it comes to Israel/Palestine/US. The debate is exactly the same as it was in 1994 and 2005 and 2014: same sides, same arguments.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 14, 2021
There’s a Ron/Rand Paul contingent on the libertarian right skeptical of US support for Israel based on foreign entanglements. There are some MAGA factions who believe it violates “America First.” There’s a much bigger left-wing faction in Congress against it. But otherwise…— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 14, 2021
There’s no issue where the establishment wings of the Democratic Party and the GOP agree more steadfastly than US support for Israel. Joe Biden for decades has been one of the most stalwart and devoted allies of Israel/AIPAC and still is. No daylight with the GOP establishment.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 14, 2021
Are you confused by this role reversal?
Joe Scarborough was a conservative Republican from Florida who used to be the host of Scarborough Country. Glenn Greenwald was a principled liberal who has stayed true to his values on everything from war to censorship to civil liberties to the surveillance state. Liberals used to be people who were deeply skeptical of the powerful. Conservatives used to be the pearl-clutching conformists.
Somewhere over the course of the past decade, this polarity was reversed. Progressives have become the champions of the wealthy, the powerful and the political establishment now. Democrats have become the party of the upscale professional managerial class. It is progressives who most ardently believe in tyranny and authoritarianism now. They hate traditional liberal causes like free speech and civil liberties and freedom of conscience and due process. The “liberals” are for mob violence, censorship, conformity and imperialism now. Big Business and Wall Street are on the side of progressives now.
Do you see who is being celebrated as heroes on CNN and MSNBC in our new progressive era? It is George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain and Mitt Romney. It is the FBI and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is Liz Cheney who has become the heroine of the political establishment. Progressives stand up and applaud when the most powerful institutions in the country bully working class people for saying the wrong words. In order to fight “fascism,” you need a strong state that punishes dissidents who offend the wealthy. Your life can be destroyed on a whim by social media snitch mobs for “liking” the wrong post or tweet.
In our new progressive era, the Left is eager to hear more from Liz Cheney and the Lincoln Project. They want to hear more from David Frum who edits The Atlantic after plunging us into Iraq. They want to hear from Joe Scarborough and Nicolle Wallace who have their own MSNBC shows. They want to hear from Max Boot and Bill Kristol and Charlie Sykes and Mickey Edwards and other brave heroes of the Resistance. Trust us … bringing over all of these Republican establishment voters isn’t going to change the Left.
New Deal liberalism was built out of populism and progressivism. As these two camps have become estranged, the populists are no longer around to check the worst tendencies of the progressives: elitism, cosmopolitanism, snobbery, technocracy, utopianism, busybody authoritarianism, cultural liberalism, globalism, etc. These two groups were also drawn from different social classes. The migration of the wealthy suburban moderates or True Cons to the Democrats and the corresponding migration of working class populists to the Republicans is creating a larger class divide in American politics.