Democratic leaders should stop indulging heretic hunters who can’t tell the difference between Gore and Bush, Clinton and Trump.
Michael Moore’s one-man show on Broadway is at times hilarious, at times tedious. While theater critics found “The Terms of My Surrender” greatly wanting, the liberal audiences seemed grateful for some comic resistance to the Trump era.
Problem is, Moore is their problem. Or, at risk of inflicting a narcissistic injury on the lefty provocateur’s sense of centrality in great liberal causes, partof the problem. Had ticket buyers known his history of aiding and abetting the forces he purports to fight, they might have added Moore to their boycott lists.
They certainly would have choked at Moore’s opening complaint: “How the f— did this happen? The second time in the last 16 years we got the most votes!”
Ah, 16 years ago. That’s when Moore and other purifiers of the rigid left openly urged liberals to throw the election to George W. Bush. The race was so close that Republicans were sending checks to the campaign of left-wing spoiler Ralph Nader. It was in all the papers.
But Moore worked the Nader rallies with his rumpled-workingman shtick. “A vote for Gore is a vote for Bush,” he insanely bellowed. “If they both believe in the same thing, wouldn’t you want the original than the copy?”
Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote by a half-million but lost the Electoral College, as Nader siphoned off a few progressives in Florida.
Later in the show, Moore bitterly denounced Democrats who voted for “Bush’s war” and the liberal publications that endorsed it. Truth is, the claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction were more believable at the time than the contention that Gore was just like Bush.
The lesson of 2000 had clearly been forgotten by 2016, when Bernie Sanders and allies caricatured Hillary Clinton as a handmaiden of dark Wall Street forces. They condemned her as a toady of corporate America for having backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Actually, the TPP was a good deal for most American workers but an easy target for demagoguery. (Trump ditched TPP.)
Sanders was not a spoiler in the Ralph Nader sense. He vied for the Democratic nomination and eventually came around to supporting the Democratic candidate. But self-importance — stoked by adoring followers — so clouded his judgment that he saw little danger in letting the…