I highly doubt it.
It would certainly be nice though. I’m keeping an open mind. We will see how it goes.
“Trump and the Tea Partiers before him made gains with ordinary Americans because a corporatized Democratic Party stopped delivering for them. This was especially true in rural and small metro areas that were once manufacturing centers, where the falloff in support for Democrats in 2016 and 2020 was just sickening.
To some extent, Trump was able to use ethnic nationalism and racism as a proxy for economic populism. But Make America Great Again, however bogus, also signaled a concern for lost living standards and economic dignity.
Joe Biden comes out of the same neoliberal milieu that produced the vulnerabilities of Democrats in the Clinton and Obama eras. Most of his appointees are alums of those administrations.
But thankfully, events are pushing Biden to govern as more of a progressive than he may have intended. And public opinion wants him to do that. …
You should read the entire report, but here are a few highlights.
By majorities of more than two to one, Americans don’t want Biden to appoint corporate execs, consultants, or lobbyists. The majorities are even larger when it comes to people from regulated industries or companies that have benefited from bailouts. …”
Presumably, there are some areas where progressives and populists share common ground and thus an opportunity for the next four years not to be wasted on polarization and performance art politics:
- Ending stupid wars and troop deployments in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan is broadly popular
- Cutting the bloated military budget
- Ending MIGA’s abject subservience to Bibi Netanyahu
- Restoring the Iran nuclear deal
- COVID-19 relief
- Tackling COVID-19
- Campaign finance reform
- Restoring law and order
- Regulating Wall Street
- Getting rid of most of the Trump tax cuts
- Student loan debt forgiveness
- Universal Basic Income
- Rebuilding American infrastructure
- Universal health insurance
- Minimum wage increases
- Ending the billionaire class
- Breaking up Big Tech and Big Ag with antitrust enforcement
I would support all of these things.
I’m 100% in favor of ending neoliberalism.
We vote on the basis of populist issues, not “white supremacy.” In fact, we were far less attached and invested in the Blumpf presidency than conservatives.
Here are the issues most likely to return the GOP to power in 2022 and 2024: “defund the police,” riots and looting, open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, gun control and/or confiscation, Woke extremism (hating White people), a return of Islamic terrorism, climate change extremism. Otherwise, a broad majority of Americans support a modest wealth distribution and focusing on neglected problems at home. Most people are not crazy Woke progressive liberals or Uncle Scrooge libertarians.