edward.luce@ft.com on the Democrats need of a ‘Messiah’. Old Socialist comments

Headline: The Democrats are badly in need of a messiah

Sub-headline: Few of the candidates show signs of winning the hearts of a party that likes to fall in love

Where to begin on this thick slice of political Velveeta? This paragraph caught my attention:

Mr Sanders shares with Ms Warren a penchant for radical promises. Each may indirectly have been damaged by the scale of Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party’s defeat in last week’s British election. The Democratic party’s moneyed wing now has a champion in Michael Bloomberg, who is the ninth richest person in the world, according to Forbes. But his upside is capped by a lack of charisma. Should the field still be fragmented on “super-Tuesday” in early March, when half the US states hold a primary, Mr Bloomberg’s record election spending may be enough to bring about a brokered convention — the party’s first in decades.

The very idea that Sanders and Warren may be ‘indirectly damaged by the scale of Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party’s defeat in last week’s British election.’ is the purest projection of Luce’s political preoccupations!

And then ‘Stop and Frisk’ Mike, you could call him Charter School Mike, or Anti-Teachers Union Mike,  pick your sobriquet! ‘Lack of charisma’ was one of the characteristics that fueled Ross Perot’s 1992 Third Party campaign. Mr. Luce was twenty four at the time of Perot’s political ascendancy. Never the less, when has the Financial Times and its hirelings found a Plutocrat an unacceptable messiah’? what can this religious framing device contribute to an understanding of a political contest? Mere pretentious widow dressing?

As a regular reader of this newspaper I can’t help recalling this newspaper’s celebration of Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Listening Tour’ before his fall from grace. To engage in the most vulgar kind of scientism, it is part of this newspaper’s political/economic DNA. 

Old Socialist  





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