There aren’t one however two Lefts in America. Campaigning for 2020, Joe Biden tacked to the middle, notably towards social democracy which appeals to the labor and ethnic left, and gained.
Social democracy, whereas sounding related, is definitely antithetical to Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism, which Biden disavowed. Then, as soon as elected, he tacked towards that very “democratic socialism” which progressives love and the labor and ethnic left detests.
The political chickens are actually coming residence to roost in a means that portends a 2024 Biden loss to Donald Trump. A really current New York Times/Siena College ballot reveals President Biden dropping floor, bigly, to former President Trump, in 5 out of six swing states: Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
This ballot confirms my long-held theorem that there aren’t one however two Lefts.
I’ve lengthy held that there’s the labor and ethnic left. Then there’s the progressive faction, the tail that wags the Democratic Party canine.
The progressives give lip service to supporting blue collar staff, Blacks and Latinos, and the youth. Yet progressive leaders are predominantly white, college-educated, privileged, middle-aged white collars.
Progressive coverage priorities (other than gaining opulent workplaces, TV appearances, and well-paid speech gigs for themselves) nearly at all times, in apply, appear to be about issues similar to abortion, feminism, homosexual rights, local weather change and wokeness. None of those are priorities of the labor and ethnic left, a lot of whom discover these inconsistent with deeply held spiritual creeds.
The left-leaning legacy media have been having a area day with the fracturing of the Republican base which manifests most visibly because the Chaos Caucus within the House bringing down one House speaker and several other speaker aspirants.
Have at it, guys! Such is your glee that almost all of you’ve got taken your eye off the ball thus contributing to the splintering of the Democratic base, permitting it to go largely unnoticed and, thereby, metastasize.
This is a way more severe matter than chaos within the House. It will value the Dems the White House (and, perhaps, the Senate).
Biden is experiencing, and perhaps even inflicting, a fragmenting of the Democrats’ base of epic proportions.
In October, I wrote of Biden right here at Newsmax, too generously and, it now seems, prematurely:
“We conservatives may take a lesson from one shrewd politician named Joe Biden. One of probably the most basic qualities of political management is the power to maintain your base united, if solely towards its frequent enemy.
“Joe Biden has at all times been a celebration animal. …
“Elected president, Biden moved left. Some consider, or hope, that he went to this point left as to compromise his re-electability.
“Don’t you consider it. Biden shrewdly made concessions, each rhetorical and operational, to his get together’s far left flank holding his extremists pacified.
“Thus, he prevented the kind of internal fracture that the GOP is now suffering from. Knowing he has plenty of time to move back to the center after securing renomination.”
Case in level. Biden, pushing the reason for electrical automobiles, a shibboleth of the progressives, has thereby made the American auto trade far much less aggressive.
Angering the rank-and-file, labor left. And anybody who is actually paying consideration.
Even the center-left Washington Post editorial board, to its credit score, noticed:
“The public has an curiosity each in sturdy wage development and an internationally aggressive automotive trade, able to sustaining massive, job-creating investments — together with these in an impending transition to electrical automobiles that may assist the nation meet its local weather objectives.
“That transition has hit a tough patch currently, as gross sales development for costly EVs has slowed. U.S. automakers have lowered EV-production expectations consequently: Ford recently announced it was losing $36,000 on each electrical automobile it offered and should minimize $12 billion in deliberate EV funding.”
Translation? High paying jobs are nice!
As a longtime member of the AFL-CIO, I concur! Except, like my fellow rank-and-file, when Uncle Sam’s diktats destroy our jobs!
UAW management, beneath political stress, went together with the gag, the employees themselves perceive that dropping $36,000 per automobile just isn’t, in a phrase beloved by progressives, “sustainable.” No surprise that Biden is now operating 5 factors behind Donald Trump in Michigan, which Biden took in 2020.
The labor and ethnic left is about bread-and-butter points, like higher jobs at higher pay. The progressive left is about romantic notions and grasp the prices (borne by we of the proletariat, not by the privileged progressives).
The New York Times’ Nate Cohn provides a low whistle previous the graveyard: “There are plenty of reasons to think the race could change considerably,” acknowledging Biden’s political peril: “Mr. Biden has a big problem that’s severe enough to cost him the presidency if his campaign can’t address it over the next year.”
Joe Biden made the improper left flip.
Ralph Benko, co-author of “The Capitalist Manifesto” and chairman and co-founder of “The Capitalist League,” is the founding father of The Prosperity Caucus and is an unique Kemp-era member of the Supply-Side revolution that propelled the Dow from 814 to its present heights and world GDP from $11T to $94T. Read Ralph Benko’s experiences — More Here.