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Wednesday, September 15, 2004  

Pundit Scoop

Todd Gitlan in the Washington Monthly echoes prior thought of mine in these passages:

Many activists, novices and veterans, will despair, or wrestle with despair. They will entertain wild, secessionist fantasies, or claim they're on the verge of moving to old Europe. Morosely, they will remind themselves that Republicans have triumphed after the grandest Democratic-liberal mobilization in decades. They will lack a theory of history that injects them with confidence that, despite defeat, the wheel will eventually turn their way.

So, politics altogether will seem to be blocked. Dropouts will multiply. In this overheated atmosphere, I would not be surprised to see outbursts of political violence the likes of which we haven't seen since the Weather Underground of the 1970s. The commitment to marginality in much of the antiglobalization movement would take on a tang of negative logic. The master argument will sound like this: What else you got, you so-called practical types?

The practical types had better be practical.

Here's what I wrote a few days ago:

these kind of furious attempts to control events by rank and dishonest tricks brings such people up to the border of violence. If any kind of dirty trick is conceivable to these maddened and enraged operatives and partisans, it won't be long before the idea of using violence and shadowy Direct Action committees becomes acted upon.

Nixon's people ran right up to that line. Whether they crossed it or not is a matter of debate, but what is true is that it ended with Nixon's resignation. The Dems may lose races and power, but their core is not going to resign, but only become more desperate to get their way.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:18 PM |