Well, well - another fine article from Norman Solomon.
I am thinking that the gulf between the neoconservative-neoliberal so-called “centrist” Democrats and the “left” wing of the party concerned with peace, civil rights, and economic inequality has opened so fast and wide that it is hard to keep track of goals and coalitions and the usage of terms related to these.
It is hard after decades of regarding the Democratic Party as a somewhat viable compromise option to recognize that it is not as though these DNC people went through years and decades of politics retaining lovely egalitarian values and then were suddenly corrupted one fine day. No, the nature of anti-egalitarian values is itself the attitude of driven by this sort of conception of exigency. It is just such considerations that drive sociopaths to speak of realpolitik. Because they conceive of people as fundamentally foolish and dangerous, they see violent and coercive exclusion to maintain power as a reasonable alternative.
Of course corporate money is central to that. and Solomon is right to point it out. But part of the reason that the party could be purchased is that it was for sale–not by people like Solomon or by its rank-and-file voters, to be clear, but by the mavens of its centralized power.
As an alternative to or a compromise with oppression, it has never looked more thoroughly deceased. Not even Donald Trump seems to be able to embarrass himself fast enough to stay ahead of these guys.