The Democratic Party, increasingly dragged to the right by the Republican Party run amok, is similarly losing its credibility among Americans of conscience. We now know that a platform of gradual liberal progress cannot mobilize many progressive whites and large blocs of people of color. We also know that many white voters, faced with a choice between the liberal status quo and the affirmation that they are not and never will be racially inferior, will vote for the latter.
The process of determining the value of the Professor Watch list through substantive public debate is certainly educational, and it is a process that we should all volunteer to defend.
The backlash to Ted Cruz’s speech at the RNC demonstrates that the GOP’s stance on PC is hypocritical, fundamentally built upon self-interest and conditional on political advantage.