US political culture, particularly elite culture, has experienced a sharp leftward lurch in recent years. Hardcore wokesters are actually a very small minority compared to the general public, but they tend to be concentrated in sectors where they have a platform and influence that is greatly disproportional to their size. However, it seems there is now a pushback from centrist “normies” and the right. The neocons are hoping to capitalize on all of this, and other current events and “pull a Reagan,” i.e. having a pro-neocon or neocon-led regime come to power with significant popular support. Ironically, Trump may be the guy who is standing in the way of all that, which is why the neocons have created the “national conservatives” as their latest front project, i.e. forming a movement that will coopt Trumpism while purging Trump himself in favor of leaders that the neocons can more effectively puppet-master like Rubio, Cruz, Hawley, Cotton, and others. Interestingly, however, some neocons and neocon allies are opposed to this strategy, thinking it involves getting too close to the “fever swamp.”
By Matt Taibbi
Terry McAuliffe lost the Virginia governor’s race by saying, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach.” If that was no gaffe, Democrats have a lot more significant losing ahead.
On Meet the Press Daily last week, Chuck Todd featured a small item about the 23 Democrats not planning on running for re-reelection to congress next year. Todd guessed such a high number expressed a lack of confidence in next year’s midterms, and his guest, University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato, agreed. “This is just another indicator that Democrats will probably have a bad year in 2022,” said Sabato, adding, “They only have a majority of five. It’s pretty tough to see how they hold on.”
On the full Meet the Press Sunday, Todd in an ostensibly unrelated segment interviewed 1619 Project author and New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones about Republican efforts in some states to ban teaching of her work. He detoured to ask about the Virginia governor’s race, which seemingly was decided on the question, “How influential should parents be about curriculum?” Given that Democrats lost Virginia after candidate Terry McAuliffe said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach,” Todd asked her, “How do we do this?”