Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Trump’s Gone, So What’s Next for the Democrats?

The Democrats are hoping they can exploit ongoing cultural, generation, and demographic change by presenting themselves as the part of “diversity and inclusion” against the party of the “deplorables,” but that’s not going to be good enough when we are moving toward a Latin American class system. The economic situation leaves the neoliberals vulnerable to challenges from faux populists on the right, and social democrats from the left.

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Now what? After four years of manias and catastrophizing, with constant warnings about the “existential threat” posed by Donald Trump, the monster is dead. Trump, the democratic Saddam, has lost, and his metaphorical statue will soon be dragged out of the White House, to the cheers of nearly every pundit in the land.

From there, the hard part begins. We know who Joe Biden is, but what is the Democratic Party in the post-Trump era? At the national level anyway, a combination of good and bad luck has allowed the party to avoid defining itself for nearly two decades.

For the past two presidential election cycles, the Democrats campaigned as the party of not-Trump. In the two cycles before that, the Democrats mostly ran on the skill and personal dynamism of Barack Obama. They won three of those four elections. But anyone looking back at the chronology will quickly realize that the accident of those two unique personalities, both media supernovas — the brilliantly marketable Obama and the monster-pig shipwreck act that was Trump — allowed the Democrats to delay confounding internal dilemmas.


Leave a Reply