From Matt Vespa at Townhall:
Progressive Editor: Democrats Making Huge Error Obsessing About Russia
No kidding. Trump Derangement Syndrome and its associated conspirazoid thinking are probably the main reason so many people have stood by Trump, despite his gaffes and genuine errors.
The Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina Vanden Huevel warned that Democrats’ obsession about Russia was a mistake and could torpedo efforts to effectively combat the Trump agenda. Granted, the latter part is typical run-of-the-mill progressive talk, The Nation is a left wing magazine, but in March, Vanden Huevel ripped into Democrats for the Neo-McCarthyite furor that has engulfed the party over Russia. She noted that Russian interference during the 2016 election needs to be investigated, but the political Left has devolved into thinking that mere meetings with Russian officials are akin to treason. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) seems to think that any meeting with the Russians is not appropriate. This is nonsense. Democrats lost, they need some crutch to lean on because they all thought Hillary was going to win. And there’s no way any person could lose to Trump, unless some sort of covert collusion occurred. One big problem: there is zero evidence of any collusion. Even Hillary is starting to peddle conspiracy theories about the collusion allegations, for which she has zero evidence to back up. More.
Reality check: Exactly. Of course the Russians tried to influence the U.S. election. So did Canada, probably. And the U.S. is hardly shy about interfering in foreign elections itself!
There is no evidence that the Russians made any difference. The real story is simple and devastating: The Dems abandoned their historic blue-collar constituency in favour of Cool urban identity groups who did not deliver the goods. And they are they paying for it now. But because they openly despise that older constituency and love the new one, they cannot simply acknowledge their choice as a mistake. Hence the meltdown goes on and on, and on.
See also: The alt right, Donald Trump, and – oddly enough – Darwin.
Does fake news make a difference in politics?
What can we do about fake news that would not diminish real news?