Red Drizzle and What Comes Next—MAGA or Return to the GOP’s 1980 Platform?
If the Republicans couldn’t capitalize on the nation’s current travails, we are hard pressed to imagine what might actually stir the vaunted Red Tide, which most definitely materialized as a mere drizzle last week.
After all, at every kitchen table in America it was recognized that we have:
- The worst inflation in four decades, with the cost of food, fuel and other necessities now rising at double-digit rates;
- 19 straight months of declining real wages, meaning that the answer to Ronald Reagan’s famous “are you better off” question was a ringing, “no!”
- An unprecedented Federal spending and borrowing spree that has taken the public debt to $31 trillion and 126% of GDP;
- An out-of-control central bank that has printed $5 trillion out of thin air since March 2020 alone, thereby fostering rampant financial speculation and unspeakable windfalls to the rich, while crushing workers, savers, retirees and most other main street Americans;
- An unhinged Green New Deal crusade against the lifeblood of prosperity—cheap and abundant fossil fuels—in the name of a Climate Crisis Hysteria that is utterly unwarranted;
- A dictatorial Virus Patrol that unconstitutionally shutdown schools, businesses, churches, malls and countless other social venues based on junk science and a raw statist will-to power;
- Yet another “forever war”, this time against Russia by proxy, that has caused global food, energy and other commodity prices to soar in the name of a Washington foreign policy adventure thousands of miles away that has nothing to do with America’s homeland security;
- An outbreak of crime and lawlessness especially in the larger cities that is undoubtedly the worst since the 1960s;
- And, not least, the least popular incumbent president since Harry Truman and actually, had there been polling in earlier times, since Herbert Hoover in November 1932.
Yet with all that wind at their backs, what did the GOP come up with? Barely a dozen seats and the tiniest of majorities in the US House and a hung jury in the Senate, awaiting still another run-off race in Georgia.
What saved the night from complete ignominy, of course, was Governor Ron DeSantis’ landslide, electorate-realigning victory in Florida. His convincing margins in the heretofore Democratic strongholds of Miami-Dade County and among Florida’s large Hispanic population was not merely a November 8th bright spot; hopefully, it was a defining event for the 2024 presidential election, as well.
That is to say, DeSantis’ victory by all rights should be the death knell for MAGA-Republicanism. It should provide the compelling alternative to the would be candidate who brought Trumpism to life and who until Tuesday seemed destined to drag the GOP even deeper into the muck of its dog’s breakfast of protectionism, nationalism, nativism and resentment.
To be clear, we are not venting against the Donald’s attacks on the ruling elites of Washington, Wall Street, the mainstream media and the Fortune 100. Indeed, his one abiding virtue is that he had all the right enemies—the very people who’s policies and ideologies threaten the future of constitutional democracy and capitalist prosperity in America.
But while Trump had the right enemies, he was hopelessly wrong on policy. Especially with respect to the GOP’s
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