UPDATE: Josh Hawley is on FOX News right talking about breaking up Big Tech monopolies with antitrust laws. Sounds great.
I haven’t given much thought to Josh Hawley lately.
The more interesting story is this transformation of Donald Trump’s base which appears to have changed over the last year or so. I would not have assumed that 64% of Trump voters now say that their race is important to their identity or that 87% are concerned about growing anti-White discrimination. This appears to be a sea change in racial attitudes. Trump voters aren’t growing hostile to non-Whites. They feel under siege because the political correctness has been cranked up a hundredfold. The only thing that is more unifying among them is their hatred of the mainstream media.
“How did Hawley become the most hated man in Washington? Sometimes, ideological allies turn on one another because they don’t want to admit their collective sins, and they need somebody to blame. …
This became a pattern. Each time Hawley took a stand, he didn’t just earn headlines and attention—he rebelled against one of his mentors. When Roberts voted to overturn Louisiana abortion restrictions this summer, Hawley complained on Twitter. When another Supreme Court decision significantly expanded LGBTQ rights, Hawley launched a thinly veiled attack on the Federalist Society, arguing that religious conservatives had gotten screwed. Hawley even teamed up with some of Congress’s most dreaded socialists to commit heresies. He backed antitrustenforcement. He argued against free trade with China. He urged the government to subsidize workers’ wages. In December, he stood outside the Senate chambers with Bernie Sanders, conservative enemy No. 1, and told reporters that Congress needed to approve another round of $1,200 stimulus checks. …
What was truly unforgivable is that the organization spent $3.1 million on Hawley’s 2018 Senate race, and he’s not the guy the group’s leaders thought they were electing. “We’ve at this point concluded he’s no longer the type of free-market, limited-government candidate that the Club would want to support,” McIntosh told me. He sees Hawley’s Electoral College intervention and his turn toward populist economics as outgrowths of the same “misdirected ambition.”
“WASHINGTON – White House and Pentagon officials are defending decisions to conduct in-depth reviews of the dangers posed by domestic extremists in the United States, pushing back against criticism that the measures will result in a so-called political litmus test.
Nascent anger over the new efforts to look at domestic extremism in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol building has been growing in recent days, touched off by a decision by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to order a military-wide stand-down to determine the scope of the problem. …”
My guess is that the conventional wisdom in Washington is that Josh Hawley is the most potent threat to run in the “populist lane” in 2024. He is on the upswing in the polls.
Personally, I don’t think anyone gives a shit what conservative elites or the Republican establishment thinks anymore. We’re a long way out from 2024 and the ground is shifting so radically on the Right that all politicians will be forced to adjust to the new reality. We also haven’t seen the political impact yet of Neoliberal Joe’s plan to launch a domestic “War on Terror.” How will Trump voters react to drone strikes by the U.S. military on anyone who MSNBC identifies as a “domestic extremist”? Could something like that accelerate these trends and heighten this siege mentality even further?
The midterm elections are coming up in 2022. Maybe someone we haven’t seen yet will pop up in the interim. Obama went from being a U.S. Senator to president of the United States in four years. Trump was an even bigger bolt out of the blue and wasn’t even holding elected office. At the rate we are going, Josh might be too milquetoast and polished to win the populist vote in 2024.
Note: Marjorie Taylor Greene recently spoke out as a White woman who was under attack by the media on the basis of her racial identity. Trump NEVER did that. I didn’t see that one coming. Huey Long was elected governor of Louisiana in 1928 and to the U.S. Senate in 1930.