Ordinary, I would put something like this in the links roundup, but what Driftglass writes about the continuing obsession with Compulsive Centrist Disorder is top-notch. Take it away, comrade:
The bitter truth of our current situation is actually very simple:
1. The Right is an unholy, unsalvageable mess. It is too far gone, too beholden to its fascist elements and too fucking dangerous to be allowed anywhere near the levers of power.
2. For years, Liberals have been just about the only people who have had the balls to say that the Right is an unholy, unsalvageable mess out loud and in all kinds of weather. For example, in the darkest days of the Bush Administration we continued to say it out loud even as Conservatives like Andrew Sullivan were turning a buck calling us unAmerican, freedom-hating Fifth columnists.
3. No matter how many times Liberals turn out to be right in fact, our media/industrial complex will never permit it to be acknowledged in public. Too much money is riding on the Big Scam that the Left and the Right are both equally wrong, so Never. Ever. Ever.
The core of virtually every Liberal critique of Obama Administration comes straight from this reality.
So does the stridency of some of our voices.
Because we are getting very tired of always being right and never being heeded. Tired of being lied about. Tired of being slandered. But mostly of all we are completely done with lazy, Centrist panderers (a disturbing number of whom are still fresh from being kicked out of the Conservative clown car) getting away with poxing the houses of both those who lie loudly…and those who loudly call out the liars as liars.
And like I’ve written numerous times, the unholy melange that is one part batshitloonitarain, one part theocrat, and one part recidivist segregation never rethinks or reconsiders, it only regroups and rearms:
And the results of those historic, back-to-back electoral beatdowns [of 2006 and 2008]? The Right did not [decide] to sober up, did not get together and kick the bigots and the lunatics to the curb, because the bigots and the lunatics are the Right. Instead they did the exact opposite, ratcheting up the ragetalk, doubling-down on the crazy and running their bugfuck conspiracy factories around the clock.
And you know what? It worked!
In other words:
The Obama Administration’s signal failure was not how it handled single payer or Guantanamo Bay: its signal failure was its blithe obliviousness to just how bottomless the fanatical hatred of Right really was.
As the kids used to say, read the whole thing.