Actually, I have considerable affection for Mickey and some gratitude for past favors, plus some sympathy with Mickey’s announced project of reducing the influence of, e.g., the tearchers’ unions, in Democratic politics. He’s right, in my view, to think that some of what they ask for really isn’t in the public interest and that kowtowing to them costs us votes. But if that’s Mickey’s goal, then his effectiveness in pursuing it would be greatly increased if he made it clear which side he’s on by attacking Republican corruption, incompetence, and intolerance as often and as vigorously as he attacks the Democrats he dislikes. His consistent failure to do so remains a puzzle.
Now my old friend Bill Occam might strop his razor and then suggest that someone who dislikes all unions (not just public-sector parasites’ guilds), fears Latinos, and isn’t opposed to cutting taxes for the very rich while blowing the deficit wide open might actually not want Democrats to win. Bill might point out that the least hypothesis is that Mickey is actually a Republican at heart, or alternatively that he’s just an opportunist filling an open niche.
But I’m not that cynical. I think Mickey genuinely loves the Democratic Party, just as many an abusive husband dearly loves his wife. The bruises and broken bones, however, remain.