David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Mar. 01, 2019 1 min read

Consider CPAC: the level of discussion, the character of the participants, and above all, how it is treated by the GOP & the mainstream media. Imagine how many things would have to change for there to be anything equivalent on the left.

Imagine a left event featuring outlandish conspiracy theories, a constant stream of obvious lies, regular calls for violence against political opponents, & the participation of dozens of known hucksters & cons. Imagine the Dem establishment attending, encouraging, courting it.

Imagine, as unhinged lefty after unhinged lefty told outrageous lies & mused openly about political violence, the media just chuckling indulgently, as it does toward CPAC. "Oh, look, it's the whole Dem establishment getting together to wallow in violent fantasies! Those scamps."

Imagine Dem politician after Dem politician courting the lefties, competing to say the most outlandishly progressive things they can think of, indulging & even amplifying the craziest and most extreme conspiracy theories.

In the real world: the left released a resolution calling for decarbonization & universal health care and EVERYBODY FLIPPED OUT. Cons attacked it. Pundits attacked it. *A large proportion of the Dem Party* attacked it. Universal health care, like all the other countries do? Nuts!

So, if you're keeping score:

An event celebrating lies, ethnonationalism, & violence: eh, just a thing cons do for fun.

Calls for humane, progressive policy to improve the lives of ordinary people: utterly outrageous, unrealistic, politically discrediting.

We live in a stupid fucking world.


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