aAmerica’s midterm elections have proven that the days of Donald Trump are over. But after decades of policy failures, Democrats and Republicans are back in a battle for a virtual majority. It’s a struggle where Trump’s dominance began, but even after Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, it’s been put off by a round of distractions due to his high jinks and obsession with his persona.
A result that shocked so many people in the fall of 2016 was the popular rejection of the ruling elite with whom they shared much across partisan lines. A backlash against economic neoliberalism and endless warfare in the era of Ronald Reagan — where later presidents including Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama lived comfortably — Trump against mainstream Republicans, and Hillary We were able to win against Clinton, almost allowing Bernie Sanders to break through as a presidential candidate in 2016 and 2020. If Trump succeeded and Sanders failed, it was because of Republican turmoil, not because their grievances with both parties differed (although they had their solutions).
Six years later, Trump’s bizarre charisma has haunted both parties. Neither wants a credible politician and working majority that would allow them to replace past failed policies. Instead, both have declared war on Trump himself.
With the rise and fall of the “Never Trump” movement among Republicans, Democrats have opted for an avoidance strategy. As if their own policies didn’t help enable millions to trust him, the Democrats who put Trump himself on trial for life were the first to accept Robert Mueller as a deus ex machina. . Two impeachment attempts were made when he did not follow the script. Even his Jan. 6, 2021 escalation of the horrifying events at last year’s congressional hearings, which had far less impact on yesterday’s election than they had hoped, fit the avoidance pattern. I’m here.
As a result, despite democracy on the brink and fascism marching on, the Democratic Party has failed to build a cross-racial working-class majority. Reagan paradigm.
To his credit, Joe Biden has spoken a lot about the need for radical change, and his fan club enthusiastically described it as a new version of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Biden, who turned his promise to “build back better” into a corporate-friendly version of spending on climate and infrastructure, is a basic welfare protection. I had to give up my commitment to Initially, Congress spent a lot of money, but that money didn’t seep into the public quickly enough to stem the current consequences.
Roosevelt’s popularity soared after the first election in 1932, and his own first midterm elections in 1934 saw the Democrats win over 70% of the seats in the House of Representatives, increasing party control. So far, Democrats have decided not to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decisions nationally, as Roosevelt did in the face of enemy jurisdiction at the time. Conservative attacks on women only helped Democrats avoid losses in 2022 and were as disastrous as some feared. Even so, they could lose the House of Representatives and are promised another two years of stalemate.
The only good news is that the need to pivot far beyond disastrous previous mistakes has become clearer, unless a bar is set for the Democrats. Trump’s lies have been rejected by enough people – and most of all, the popularity of his potential rival Ron DeSantis has skyrocketed in Florida, crossing ethnic and racial lines – Democrats will have to drop their obsession with totalitarian-blown crooks.
American politics is no longer a Trump referendum, nor is it reduced to the false question of whether democracy will survive. Instead, to overcome the impasse, Democrats must offer democratically winning propositions.
As the one-hit wonder band Semisonic once said, “Every new beginning comes from the end of another beginning.” They could have been talking about 2022. One of the political parties to seize the opportunity that has always been there to build a majority coalition beyond economic neoliberalism and the endless warmaking of the elites of the past. No one knows how long it will take for one to act.