The most accurate metaphor I can think of for what has happened to (a vast, literally overwhelming  majority of) the Democratic party leadership:


In the fictional town of Santa Mira, California, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy), a local doctor, finds a rash of patients accusing their loved ones of being impostors. Another patient is a former sweetheart of his; recent divorcée Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter), who tells him that her cousin, Wilma, has this same strange fear about Uncle Ira.

Assured at first by the town psychiatrist, Dr. Dan Kaufman (Larry Gates), that the cases are nothing but “epidemic mass hysteria,” Bennell soon discovers, with the help of his friend Jack Belicec (King Donovan), that the townspeople are in fact being replaced by perfect physical duplicates, simulacrums grown from giant plant-like pods. The Pod People are indistinguishable from normal people, except for their utter lack of emotion. The Pod People work together to secretly spread more pods — which grew from “seeds drifting through space for years” — in order to replace the entire human race.



The 5 stages of grief:

1) denial

2) anger

3) bargaining

4) depression

5) acceptance.


Strategically, the Pod People (Poditicians?) need us to stay in stages 1, 3, and 4.

What happens after some sort of critical mass makes it to stage 5 is still anyone’s guess.

The epidemic of fake-progressive “leadership” is unlikely to abate any time soon, though. This has proven remarkably effective to date, and the bad guys have, like, well, almost all of the resources by now (the media, the money, the bond market, etc.)

The biggest obstacle and objective, in the short term, though, should just be helping fellow leftists snap out of denial. If we can get the Howard Deans and the Paul Krugmans to admit (to themselves) the magnitude of the neoliberal infiltration, we’ll be on our way.

We also need to form a coherent argument to counteract the “pragmatism” nonsense.  Regardless of what you think should be the future of the Democratic party, now is no time to be enabling Republicans posing as leftists. Doing so isn’t even pragmatic, anyway. It’s thinly disguised surrender.