by William Skink
There is an interesting Democratic primary for Senate District 40 in Helena getting some attention from blogs like Flathead Memo. While the initial framing of this political primary is more generational than ideological, with the younger Joshua Manning challenging “old school” Democrat Jacobson, some interesting things stood out.
Joshua Manning has expressed his political opinions on the National Democratic primary, writing a post at MT Cowgirl under the pseudonym “Secret Squirrel”. The post’s title–Please, Don’t Get Bern(T)–hints at the Hillary shilling about to drop. While there is a lot of crap in that post, this fecal matter stood out to me:
Watch the Benghazi hearings or just the highlights. Tell me that is not a president who would stand up against the far right. Imagine Sanders in the same chair, what would he be doing and saying? Maybe he would not have taken action in Libya. Maybe Qadaffi would have wiped out the eastern half of Libya’s population. Imagine that hearing.
Could she turn in the general election to the triangulating Clinton we all fear? Sure. The passion for Sanders is real and understandable for just that reason. But he will not sustain it. Clinton has made so many promises short of what Sanders has said, and in some cases to his left, that she would have a hard time turning back on them, I trust her, I trust the team around her. As president, I cannot think of anyone more qualified to take on the risks of running an imperial presidency against Congress to do the right things despite the risks. I think she, more than anyone else, would love the challenge and risks associated with doing whatever is good and necessary to spite the right.
I find it utterly disgusting that, once again, Libya is positively referenced as an example of Hillary’s decisiveness without the harsh reality intruding. And what is the harsh reality you ask? The pesky fact that Hillary’s exploitation of a R2P “humanitarian intervention” in Libya has transformed this nation into a safe haven for ISIS.
Joshua Manning can’t claim ignorance about this reality because, according to this glowing post from Cowgirl, Manning is a (former?) spook:
Manning has been a civil rights investigator for the Department of Labor and Industry’s Human Rights Bureau for the past two years. He returned to Montana after spending four years analyzing counterterrorism with a Washington D.C. intelligence agency and providing strategic support to leadership and staff at the White House, Congress, Pentagon, and military special operations forces. Before that he served seven years overseas leading soldiers as a U.S. Army non-commissioned officer and military intelligence analyst in Europe. He deployed to Middle Eastern combat zones on three occasions. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College and was a reporter in eastern Idaho before joining the military. He grew up in Missoula.
Joshua Manning is one of those duplicitous Democrats that will claim he is against the oligarchs from one side of his mouth while shilling for one of the biggest corporate whores Democrats have ever produced. I like this depiction of Hillary from Glenn Greenwald:
Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a fucking hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere. But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy. Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist. It’s going to be this completely symbolic messaging that’s going to overshadow the fact that she’ll do nothing but continue everything in pursuit of her own power.
I hope Joshua Manning loses and Democrats come to their senses regarding Hillary Clinton, but I’m not holding my breath. Democrats have ceded substance to symbolism, and Manning’s cheerleading for a sociopath who celebrates the execution of a head of state exposes how vacuous party politics have become in this country.