“New Deal conservatism” isn’t as ridiculous as you might think. We’re clearly at the end of the Reagan era and the tectonic plates of the electorate aren’t done shifting around yet.
“Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. needs a third major political party because the GOP and Democratic Party “do such a poor job representing the American people,” according to a new Gallup poll.
In the survey released Monday, 62 percent of Americans said the third party was needed, while 33 percent said the two existing major parties do an “adequate” job representing the majority of Americans’ political views.
It’s the largest percentage of people to say the U.S. needs a third party since Gallup began polling on the question in 2003. The poll also marks the second-lowest percentage of people who said the existing parties are adequate after 26 percent of respondents said so in an October 2013 poll. …
Four in 10 Republicans say they want their party to become more conservative after the end of former President Trump‘s term, while 34 percent hope it will stay the same and just 24 percent want it to become more moderate. Democrats are more split, with 34 percent wanting their party to shift left, 34 percent wanting it to remain the same and 31 percent wanting it to shift right. …”
There is enormous dissatisfaction with the status quo.
This soaring populist discontent with the antiquated two party system and the two reigning ideologies, which is a natural process that has repeatedly happened across American history, is what the political establishment pathologizes as “the rise of domestic extremism” or “fascism.”
“Independents are usually much more likely than Republicans or Democrats to favor a third political party, but in the current poll, Republicans are nearly as likely as independents to hold this view, 63% to 70%. That represents a dramatic shift for Republicans since last September when 40% favored a third party.
Republicans’ current level of support for a third party is also the highest Gallup has measured for Republicans or Democrats in Gallup’s trend. The previous high was 54% for Democrats in 2018. Currently, 46% of Democrats endorse a third party, down from 52% in September. …
Currently, 68% of Republicans prefer that Trump remain the party leader, while 31% want the party to have a new leader. Republican-leaning independents, however, are divided, with 47% wanting Trump to continue leading and 51% preferring a new voice. …”
34% of Democrats want to shift left.
34% of Democrats want to stay the same.
31% of Democrats want to shift right.
In order to hold these people together, you have to scare them. There is an “insurrection” going on in Trump Country. It is literally the Reconstruction South.
There is a persistent 70/30 split in the Republican Party which is consolidating around Donald Trump. The establishment wing is now the disaffected minority. The big picture trend is that college-educated suburbanites are migrating to the Democrats and working class voters are migrating to the Republicans. The Democrats are being gentrified and Republicans are moving downscale. Trump lost the 2020 election because he reverted to mainstream conservatism instead of leaning into the shift.
The mainstream conservatism ideology of the Republican Party, its policy agenda and especially the gerontocracy in Washington hasn’t caught up with the resorting of the electorate.
The Democrats are becoming an upper middle class suburban party of PMCs (professional managerial class) that is focused on self actualization and esteem issues. This is why the Democrats under Joe Biden are focused on woke, trans, climate and open borders issues instead of the people at the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs who need their physiological, safety and belonging needs satisfied.
“More and more Americans are figuring out that “wokeness” functions in the new, centralized American elite as a device to exclude working-class Americans of all races, along with backward remnants of the old regional elites. In effect, the new national oligarchy changes the codes and the passwords every six months or so, and notifies its members through the universities and the prestige media and Twitter. …
Woke speech is simply a ruling-class dialect, which must be updated frequently to keep the lower orders from breaking the code and successfully imitating their betters.”
Why has wokeness spread like a plague? It is because these largely college-educated middle class people are focused on self actualization and esteem needs. Their politics consists of grandiose displays of their own virtue. They are better and morally superior than everyone else in this country.