Both sides!

I’m friends with an old teacher, and despite being a smart man, he consistently posts rubbish quotations like this one from noted awful person Ross Douthat on social media:

“As much as the country needs a conservatism with some idea of what it’s doing, some theory of the common good, it needs a liberalism that stops marinating in its own self-righteousness long enough to compete effectively for rural, Southern and Midwestern votes.”

Sure, one side supports white supremacists, but the other side is sometimes a little smug about opposing racism! Both sides are equally bad, I suppose!

I don’t doubt that the Democrats need better messaging. They do! But, there’s something odd to me about equivocating that with a right-wing culture that uses racial signaling to win elections and impose bad policy.