According to James Wolcott of Vanity Fair, "disillusionment with Obama’s presidency, loathing of Hillary Clinton, disgust with “identity politics,” and a craving for a climactic reckoning that will clear the stage for a bold tomorrow have created a kinship between the “alt-right” and an alt-left. They’re not kissin’ cousins, but they caterwaul some of the same tunes in different keys." The alt-left can’t match that the alt-right for strength, malignancy, or tentacled reach, but its dude-bros and “purity progressives” exert a powerful reality-distortion field online and foster factionalism on the lib-left. Its outlets are many and varied. According to Dan Gainor of FoxNews, we are living in ‘alt-left’ world. The traditional media are obsessed with tying conservatives to the “alt-right.” There have been more than 50 major news network mentions this year alone as journalists try to do what they always do — paint conservatives as racist, sexist, and a few other words that end in 'ist'. All in the name of “tolerance.” But when it comes to the left, there is no alt-left. They are not alternative. Their mainstream is radical and out of the American mainstream on almost everything. This was quite obvious as liberals bemoaned the death of Fidel Castro, a man his own daughter called “a tyrant.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. summed up years of devotion, recalling how, “the oppressed the world over joined Castro’s cause of fighting for freedom & liberation.” This is what we must start thinking of as the “alt-left.” “Alt,” not because they are out of the liberal mainstream. They aren’t. Alternative because they are out of the mainstream of an America where 37 percent are conservative and 35 percent are moderate. Just 24 percent are liberal. The alt-left is everything bad the left claims about the right. It is extreme and doesn’t want compromise. It wants to demonize or destroy opponents and intrude into every aspect of our lives. Media outlets that bemoan Trump turning America to the right forget the alt-left support a Socialist had running in the Democrat primary. Good, old-fashioned liberalism has been replaced by a far-more radical brand.

Democrats Divided After Georgia Loss

from The Wall Street Journal,

Defeat in special House race leaves party split heading into 2018.

The Democratic Party recriminations came swiftly following Jon Ossoff’s expensive loss in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, which had been seen as the party’s best shot at gaining a House seat ahead of the 2018 midterms elections. Democratic divisions surfaced in the wake of Mr. Ossoff’s defeat by Republican Karen Handel, whose campaign mobilized GOP voters by linking Mr. Ossoff to liberal national party leaders. Republicans who sat out the first round of voting in April flocked to the polls, producing record-breaking turnout, in part because the race had drawn so much attention. In the aftermath of the disappointing loss, the populist wing of the Democratic party blamed Washington consultants and Mr. Ossoff for not backing the type of economic policies favored by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Young House Democrats who have clamored for a change in party leadership bemoaned the effectiveness of GOP attacks that tied Mr. Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. And in South Carolina, where Democrat Archie Parnell came far closer than expected to snatching a heavily Republican seat Tuesday, local critics said they could have done better if party officials in Washington had listened to their pleas that the race was competitive and devoted more resources to driving up turnout in African-American neighborhoods. “I think that our leadership owes us an explanation for what happened, and how the resources were spent, but also a plan going forward,” said Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.). “That’s got to be part of the discussion.”

Pelosi herself has a different view.

“I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” Mrs. Pelosi said at a Thursday press conference. “I think I’m worth the trouble.”

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