Societal decline is best imagined as a drunk man falling down a long flight of stairs, maybe a long spiral staircase. …
This is useful to keep in mind as we watch the new regime come to grips with the new reality they face. For five years their sense of identity was built around opposing Donald Trump and his voters. Now that is gone and there is a great hollow place in the middle of their lives. Just as happened after the left ran Nixon out of town, today’s left is finding out that life is hard without their favorite devil.
The comparison between Trump and Nixon is an obvious one. Both men were hated by the same sorts of people for the same sorts of reasons. Trump, like Nixon, put the lie to progressive morality. These people are not acting from virtue or a sense of moral duty, but from the selfish desire for privilege. They saw Nixon and Trump as vulgar bumpkins who had no right to be in their presence, much less the White House.
Extending the analogy further, the left of a generation ago agonized over the unrealized future they were sure Kennedy would have ushered in if he had lived. Kennedy was not killed by a communist; he was killed by racist, regressive white America. You know, Nixon voters. After all, Nixon’s “Southern strategy” was an explicit appeal to white voters disgusted by the 1960s cultural revolution.
A generation on, Obama was this generation’s Kennedy, but instead of being martyred, he was just too lazy to do much of anything. That is not an acceptable answer, so they believe he was thwarted from ushering in the post-national, multicultural future by a secret cabal of racists and fascists. These are the people who put Trump in the White House. After all, his MAGA pitch was explicitly aimed at disaffected whites.
Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter:
In this analogy, Biden becomes the Jimmy Carter act in the play. After Nixon was dispatched, the left was suddenly left without a reason to exist. Carter ended up in the White House mostly by dumb luck. The radicals were too disorganized to have a strategy for exploiting the Watergate scandal. The establishment had no one they could put up with a chance to win. Carter exploited the primary rules to win the nomination.
Similarly, Biden’s journey to the White House was the result of serendipity. The preferred options of the establishment were as appealing as rectal cancer. None of them could gain public support. The radical option reminded most voters of that old college professor who smelled like feet. Biden had black support, so that was enough to get him the nomination, even if he had no idea where he was most of the time.
No historical analogy is perfect, as we are not living in an endless loop. For example, Carter was a smart man and a capable politician. He had a clear understanding of his position, even though he had no solutions for it. Biden, in contrast, was always a jovial simpleton and now he has dementia. He is the manifestation of the bug-man, a shell of a man animated by others. ...
But no Reagan to follow:
There is no Reagan waiting in the wings this time. There is no conservative movement ready to clean up the mess from the exhausted left. Conservatism is a bombed-out shell populated by parasites in expensive suits, scavenging for the remains of the middle class. Both parties are huddling closer together, locking their shields in an effort to defend the managerial consensus against the growing frustration of the public. …
It is always good to remember that things can always get worse. This time around the left is smarter and more ambitious. They have a broad base of support in the new power centers of America. Former barmaid Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising money for a presidential run in 2024. She will start with the support of the disaffected Bernie Bros. That is enough to make her a legitimate contender and give the media a reason to heap praise upon her.