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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Guardian Loves It a Carpetbagger

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

click to enlarge Ready to take on Pelosi, sir?
  • Ready to take on Pelosi, sir?

In serving as the self-anointed standard bearer for progressivism, The San Francisco Bay Guardian does well to never exactly explain what progressivism is. In this way, progressivism merely becomes whatever the Guardian deems it to be. If progressivism is whatever the Guardian says it is, then it's easy for the Guardian to support all that's progressive.

Take, for example, the paper's serious call for Dennis Kucinich to move here and run against Nancy Pelosi. There are numerous reasons to laugh this one off (apart from Kucinich's eerie resemblance to the Keebler elf).

There's the Guardian's claim that Kucinich is the perfect

"ideological fit for San Francisco." Sure -- if grandstanding,

leftier-than-thou politics that accomplish nothing in the long run fit

that description (wait a minute...).

Also, it warrants mentioning that

the people of San Francisco keep electing and reelecting Pelosi by gaudy

margins. "Ideological fits" aside, that has to stand for something.

Finally, it warrants mentioning that carpetbagging was seen as disgraceful when it came to Jane Kim. But for Kucinich? Don't be ridiculous!

If you're not going to bother to define "progressivism," why define "consistency"?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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