samedi 5 août 2017

Bari Weiss and the neoconservative hold on the Democratic Party establishment

Bari Weiss et le néoconservateur tiennent l'establishment du Parti démocrate

There’s been a lot of reaction to the effort by New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss to excommunicate Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour from progressive circles for supposedly extremist anti-Zionist views. Sarsour herself has responded in this poetic Facebook post.

Yesterday Weiss appeared on a National Review podcast and said directly what her goal is.She wants to reach the Democratic establishment: New York Times readers and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Weiss wants them to “disavow” Sarsour because she is a “strident anti-Zionist”. Weiss said, “I wrote the piece to find out what Kirsten Gillibrand has to say about all this. Her, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi… If I can get a reaction from Kirsten Gillibrand to this piece, that would be a goal.”

This is what is politically significant about Bari Weiss’s article: she is asserting the power of the pro-Israel wing of the Democratic establishment, in the establishment newspaper, at a time when things are up for grabs in the Democratic base– and when Kirsten Gillibrand is being targeted by AIPAC for stepping back from Israel support.

So even though Bari Weiss is a “neoconservative” (according to The Week) and worked at the conservative Wall Street Journal and is doing a podcast with conservatives at the National Review, she is actually trying to win battles in the Democratic Party.
“I think that the sort of civil war that is going on between the hard left, you know the sort of woke crowd, and you know liberals who are interested in reclaiming liberalism from identity politics is one of the most interesting sort of intellectual, political, sociological fights going on right now, and I’m really interested in that, and I think Times readers are too, because I think they find themselves sort of torn between the two. And I think that’s why a piece like this really sort of strikes a nerve.”

There is a lot at stake here. Ryan Cooper writes at the Week that the Bari Weiss piece is emblematic of a split inside the Democratic Party between big money Clinton donors and the leftwing street. Leftists don’t t...

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