I have mixed feelings about Eva Moskowitz, as is no doubt obvious in the Salon Talks conversation we recently had in New York. I am definitely not alone. Even her most devoted political enemies — who include American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was elected in 2013 at least partly on a promise to purge the city’s public schools of too much Eva Moskowitz — have mixed feelings about her.
Here’s a memo to all the whiny, sore-loser Democrats (or sore-winner Democrats, as the case may be) who are trying to blame Ralph Nader and the Green Party for your predicament: Get over it. I and the 2.7 million other Americans who voted for Nader are not your wayward children who stayed out past curfew. We are, by definition, your political opponents. We didn’t vote for your party because we think it stinks, and we don’t care all that much whether you won or lost. Is that clear enough?
A specter is haunting the Democratic Party. In a roundabout way it could indeed be the specter of communism, because so many of the party’s problems result from the long and toxic hangover of the Cold War. (If anyone actually “won” the Cold War, I’m increasingly sure that it wasn’t “America,” unless that noun is understood to refer exclusively to the capital-owning class.) But that’s a longer argument than I intend to make here. The specter I have in mind is Hubert Humphrey.
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