Episode DCCIX of The American Political Melodrama:Jonathan Capehart on Sanders the political heretic & Hillary as the redeemer

Like Michael Eric Dyson, Mr. Capehart can’t forgive Dr. West’s political candor and refreshing moral honesty, it goes against the grain of the loyal political apologist! West was candid with Obama, when he promised that he would vigorously campaign for him, but if and when he thought him wrong on issues, or pursuing the wrong political path, that he would be equal in his zeal to criticize him. Dr. West has lived up to his word: in 2008 Obama ran as a ‘Progressive’ but in the last seven years has governed as a moderate conservative, or just call it the exercise of an unimaginative Neo-Liberalism.  Dr. West’s criticisms are completely valid, even if they offend the delicate political sensibilities of Dyson and Capehart, with addition of Ta Nehisi Coates about the  ‘challenge to Sanders revolutionary mien’, the Dyson/Capehart not so sub rosa tribalism remains one the  glaring unaddressed questions of this essay. West’s crime, of that kind of disloyalty, requires the political elders, to publicly shame the heretic. The theological rhetorical frame is completely appropriate here!

Without surprise Capehart’s essay devolves into political advocacy for the political inevitability of Hillary, as check against the political heretic Sanders.

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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