[This originally ran April 29.]

You would not expect to find this at the Vox website, but Emmett Rensin has hit a home run: He explains why liberals are so smug. (As you read, think of the poster child, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.)

“There is a smug style in American liberalism. … It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence – not really – but by the failure of half the country to know what’s good for them. In 2016, the smug style has found expression in media and in policy, in the attitudes of liberals both visible and private, providing a foundational set of assumptions above which a great number of liberals comport their understanding of the world.

“It has led an American ideology hitherto responsible for a great share of the good accomplished over the past century of our political life to a posture of reaction and disrespect: a condescending, defensive sneer toward any person or movement outside of its consensus, dressed up as a monopoly on reason.”

The article — at http://tinyurl.com/j7f26yb — is long but worth a read. More gems:

“Nothing is more confounding to the smug style than the fact that the average Republican is better educated and has a higher IQ than the average Democrat. … Most damning, perhaps to the fancy liberal self-conception: Republicans … are willing to change their minds more often. … So long as liberals cannot find common cause with the larger section of the American working class, they will search for reasons to justify that failure. They will resent them. They will find, over and over, how easy it is to justify abandoning them further.”

I predict that Mr. Rensin, a Vox editor, will be kicked out of the Good Liberals Club. After all, they know best.

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