If you think civil rights are "an opportunistic anti-Bernie gambit," then you're a racist, misogynistic, queerphobic, anti-disability nightmare.

Imagine thinking that Hillary Clinton's lifelong dedication to civil rights was some kind of cynical plot. This effing guy.
"I'm going to go undercover to investigate segregation academies, fight for disabled children to go to school, register minorities to vote, and take on putting brown and black kids in prison, ALL IN MY 20s, as a cynical ploy for future gain!" --Hillary Clinton, in Matt Y's world.
Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, her dedication to civil rights was very real and manifested in very concrete action from her college days forward. Her anti-rape work, her contributions to children's legal rights, her work with the LSC--she was on the path early on.
Even her interest in LGBTQ rights dates to years before 2016 and follows a pattern of expanding her understanding and making real change--like passports for trans folks in the right gender in 2010. How is that a cynical anti-Bernie ploy, Matt?
All Yglesias is doing is helping conservatives in their quest to deny civil rights by tearing down those concerns as some kind of ploy, and enabling horseshoe theory among the anti-civil rights left/the OFSB. THANKS MATT. Ugh. /fin
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"To the Fair Clarinda, Imagined More Than Woman" by Aphra Behn (1/)
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WHO MADE LOVE TO ME,
IMAGIN’D MORE THAN WOMAN
Fair lovely Maid, or if that Title be
Too weak, too Feminine for Nobler thee,
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While that may serve to lessen my constraint;
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