“They believe that identity politics (defined as appealing to minority, gender, etc interests) is bad for the Democratic Party.”
That’s not even remotely the definition of identity politics. I have to imagine you wrote that in a hurry, because there’s no way you’d opine so thoroughly on the subject without actually knowing what you’re talking about, is there?
Here’s a good definition from a friend: “There is a difference between being “race-centric” and “identity-politics centric”. If I’m race-centric, then I want a New Deal 2.0, since descendants of slaves are overwhelmingly working class with limited options for survival. That requires a redistribution of wealth. If I’m identity-politics centric, however, then I want a black president, or to see more black faces in high places, or diversity. Understand the difference.”
Hillary Clinton was the only candidate running on identity politics. The rock solid base of her campaign was her constant appeals to the notion that a woman president would be good for women everywhere; that she’d shatter a glass ceiling; that only a woman can honestly address issues like abortion and reproductive rights. It’s an argument, of course, that anyone who has lived in the UK, or who thinks rather than regurgitates can reject in two seconds flat. Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May, Sarah Palin, Indira Ghandi, Carly Fioriono… the list of truly atrocious women whose political success did not have or would not have redounded to women at all is endless. But that argument was shoved down our throats with such vigor and passion that no reasonable discussion could follow. Trump did not engage in identity politics. Sanders did not engage in identity politics. A thought piece that suggests that they did cannot be taken seriously.
The best thing you could do to aid Donald Trump and Steve Bannon in their quest to destroy what’s left of America is argue in favor of allowing any vestiges of Clinton’s centrist machine to continue to exist in the Democratic party. There are genuine progressive leaders in the party who are poised to make a real and positive impact. They deserve the support of all of us — Liz Warren, Corey Booker, Keith Ellison, and — yes, sorry centrists — Bernie Sanders.