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I have to keep telling myself this shit doesn't happen when there is a strong middle class and that's on both parties. Trump is horrendous but he would have never reached this elevated status if Democrats did a better job. They've continually flagged the Republican agenda through to first base while ignoring the working class and embracing job killing globalization with no response other than "go to college", as if that delusion would solve everything.
Before Trump Republicans already knew their traditional platform and message wasn't resonating nationally which is why it wasn't that hard for them to let Trump take a dump all over it. Now they would be just as thrilled to be the party that goes down in history as the one that dismantled our democracy. They are a political mass shooting aiming their gun on behalf of anybody who will give them a vote.
I don't always see eye to eye with you in political arena but I largely agree with the sense of that post. The Dems better make good on some of the middle parts of their vaunted laundry list touted over all these years.
I think Biden gets that --and polls do suggest he's not lost the thread yet with a slim majority of all Americans-- but i'm not sure some of either the blue dogs or real lefties in Congress do.
In his favor, I think and hope: some of the Rs in Congress do understand that talking points and Trump-pandering are not going to suffice this time around. They'll make their rounds on TV and run their anti-federal-govt scripts but they'll take the benefits that will accrue to them if enough of the Dems' proposals get funded, so they'll either vote for them or find an excuse not to be present for a vote and also quit putting up poison pill amendments meanwhile.
Americans, even ones who made out ok in the pandemic, do want a floor laid back under the creaky status quo that the stimulus measures have managed to sketch out for a lot (not all) of us. Infrastructure work is one thing that mostly stays onshore (sure, some materials get imported and some intermediate products as well) and the Rs do know that. So it's about jobs added at home, on top of re-openings after the immunization efforts.
The Republicans' jousting now will start to run towards just trying to get a bigger piece of that for their states, while trying to couch those efforts in language that sounds more like their longstanding objections to the overarching policies of Democrats. File under pragmatic hypocrisy. I will enjoy reading tweets later that compare what they say now versus their claims in the 2022 season about how they derailed Dem socialism and kept America safe for free enterprise and small business yada yada yada, meanwhile having voted for Biden's plans and elbowed each other for more of the pie.