When Identity Politics Break Progressivism


“Fools to the left of me, Jokers to my right, here I am stuck in the middle with you.” – Stealers Wheel.

Progressive leaders appear to be stuck in the middle and appear to be in the process of hanging themselves on the petard of mindless, conflicted insistence on identity politics. 

Women must be believed when it comes to sexual misconduct inflicted upon them. Due process be damned; men in positions of power cannot be tolerated as they inflict their toxic masculinity on the unsuspecting among them. We have heard so much of this rhetoric in past months that we can just fill in the blanks; insert today’s guilty party.  

But what to do when faced with claims by two “protected classes”; women, especially minority women, as is the case with Mr. Conyers and Blacks, as in Black Congressmen.

Leader Pelosi initially refused to fully castigate John Conyers. “He’s an icon, he helped pass the Violence Against Women Act, he should be granted due process,” said Leader Pelosi. When pressed about Conyers’ accusers during Sunday’s Face the Nation interview with Chuck Todd, Ms. Pelosi replied, “I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward.” The accuser actually did come forward Nancy, that’s how we know that there is an issue with Mr. Conyers. A reasonably safe prediction is that as time goes on, we’ll discover a “Weinstein,” and that “everyone knew” about Rep. Conyers. Nancy has now, after her inability to get things straight on national television, and having been berated from all sides, become sympathetic to the initial accuser of Mr. Conyers after meeting with Melanie Sloan.

Why do you need to think this through? Because two sections of the identity politics universe are in conflict. And the petard of your prior statements demands that you apply multiple standards not based on a belief system but based on what you can get away with at the moment, with the, usually, full cooperation of the mainstream legacy media. We are reminded that Leader Pelosi is the woman who once said “sincerity is the most important thing in acting. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

According to Representative Jackie Speier, “we’re not sure we know the allegations are true.” Well, what is it? Believe the women making the accusations absent due process or insist on due process? Or is that just for the most significant protected class: Progressive Democrats.

This is a reoccurring problem when you base your political existence on the necessary divisions that define and support identity politics. What happens when they conflict is a finger in the wind and a scramble for the most expeditious way out… for the moment. But there is no way out because the very nature of identity politics demands conflicting priorities and loyalties among the various groups.

It is the Achilles Heal of Progressive politics, and they know it.