Nick Hanauer is a darling of Seattle’s far-left, a champion (and funder) of the job-killing $15 minimum wage movement. As was displayed with all his arrogance in a recent puff piece in The Atlantic, Hanauer is everything that Seattle’s ultra-liberal crowd usually loves: he’s foul-mouthed, loves to brag about himself doing good deeds because he’s right (make that left) on every issue, and is willing to put millions into electing Democrats and advancing big-government causes.
As was reported over a year ago, Hanauer is one of the leaders of the far-left Progress Alliance of Washington, a dark-money PAC which funds a wide variety of liberal groups in Seattle. The Alliance hides the identity of its donors, though Hanauer proudly claimed leadership of it, and its director admitted in that story that “over the last eight years, they have given about $8 million to seed and support this network of ‘progressive’ nonprofits.”
However, despite doing all he can to ingratiate himself with the lefty crowd, the more doctrinaire of Seattle’s two free weekly papers, The Stranger, decided to remind Hanauer that any independent thinking is not allowed if you want to be in this club. His sin – favoring better public schools for poor kids and supporting public charter schools.
That’s right, Hanauer’s defense of charter schools has earned him the ire of The Stranger, and comparison to Donald Trump. Here’s how the knife was twisted, when liberals turn on each other:
“I find it hard to get behind Hanauer’s talk of creating ‘deep structural change’ in America when, on the issue of, you know, education, he sounds a lot like Donald Trump.”
Oh, the humanity. How will Hanauer ever survive this attack on his very essence. Stay tuned.