Tucker Carlson addressed the elephant in the room on his show last night.
Why don’t Republican politicians represent Republican voters? If you look at just the polls or what kind of stories repeatedly get traction online, you will find that ordinary people who vote for the Republican Party believe most of the same things that we do now. Even something like 40% of Republican voters are populists on economics now and say their race or ethnicity is extremely or very important to their identity. Immigration is also the top issue on the minds of voters.
The problem ISN’T that we are incapable of persuading people to come around to our point of view. Most people would agree that antiracism is anti-white now thanks to Ibram X. Kendi. Most people would agree with us about censorship or how Antifa and Black Lives Matter are our common enemies. We’ve made huge strides in bridging the gap between our views and millions of people although Joe Biden and the Democrats deserve most of the credit for this. Look at how far we come since it was Bill O’Reilly in Tucker Carlson’s slot on FOX News.
We’re off doing one thing. The voters are concerned about most of the same things. Tucker Carlson and other people online who have large audiences are talking about the same issues. There is remarkably little difference these days. Meanwhile, the GOP is off in its own universe focusing on the DREAM Act or police reform or what we can do for OUR GREATEST ALLY which literally no one is clamoring for anywhere online.
Why is that? Why is there this huge disconnect between the politicians and the voters? One reason is that these people have been taking money from corporate PACs and wealthy donors for decades. Conservative institutions like the Heritage Foundation being ideologically committed to an obsolete ideology that has been rejected by voters is another big reason. The tendency of corrupt politicians to retire and become lobbyists is another reason that these people no longer represent the interests of their voters.
Maybe it is Frank Luntz though? Maybe he is convincing Republican politicians that what their voters really want is amnesty, gun control, “trans women” in women’s sports, censorship, criminal justice reform, people toppling statues and burning down police stations, etc. There is really no difference between what CEOs and PMCs believe and what populist and nationalist voters believe.