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Analysis: Utah remains beating heart of GOP Trump skepticism
The problem? Utah is wonderfully sui generis. His Republican Party has both Trump and Mitt Romney wings. It is ultimately a measure of religious seriousness. Unlike most evangelical Christians, many Mormons have a hard time building enthusiasm for an amoral sociopath like Trump, or the calculating minions sneaking up behind him. And Utah Democrats are in such a decided minority that backing a (relative) moderate like McMullin is the most realistic opportunity to defeat a “constitutional conservative” like Lee, who has quit serving the Constitution.
The Utah model – a centrist anti-Trump coalition led by a center-right candidate – is unlikely to prevail in most places. More common will likely be Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election model: a centrist coalition led by a center-left candidate, campaigning to restore political decency and democratic values.
Much of America’s political future hinges on the answer to this question: Can liberals rally the country in defense of democratic liberalism?
There are considerable obstacles. The unreconstructed left of the Democratic Party sees Republican extremism as an opening to pursue its own maximalist agenda. But that ignores a harsh reality: In much of the United States, a candidate perceived as an awake socialist will generally lose to a candidate perceived as an authoritarian nationalist. And events have conspired to prompt Democrats to make policy choices that can shatter a centrist coalition against Republican extremism — especially in response to gun violence and the reversal of Roe vs. Wade.
When it comes to gun control, the provocations have been almost unbearable: the murder of school children, the violation of a civic celebration, the targeting of blacks, gays and Jews. There is clearly a connection between the easy availability of high-powered weaponry, the internet mythologizing of nihilistic violence, the huge gaps in our mental health system, and the normalization of racial prejudice and political violence.
My natural reaction to such events is to support federal policies bordering on confiscation. But Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took a wiser course. He pursued a useful incrementalism that allowed Second Amendment conservatives such as Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) to embrace reform, resulting in the first major gun control legislation in 30 year. That has preserved the possibility that Democrats could lead a political coalition against Trump extremists that includes some gun-rights Republicans.
Michael Gerson: Abortion deserves a sober debate. Instead, he gets a war of unreason.
The same cannot be said for the issue of abortion. The debate launched by deerThe repeal of has allowed maximalists on both sides – those who deny that a budding human life has any value, and those who deny that tragic cases of rape, incest, medical complications or infant pregnancy present difficult moral choices. Few officials have staked the political ground where many Americans already stand.
A recent survey of abortion-related polls by Karlyn Bowman and Samantha Goldstein of the American Enterprise Institute found general stability over the past half-century. In Gallup polls, they conclude, opinion “falls in the middle, with 54% saying abortion should only be legal under certain circumstances in 1975 and 48% giving that answer in its latest May 2021 poll. the rest, 21% in 1975 and 32% in 2021 said it should be legal in all circumstances Twenty-two percent said it should be illegal in all circumstances in 1975; 19% gave this answer in the question 2021 from Gallup.
Abortion rights are central to the political worldview of many Democrats. But would Biden have won the 2020 election had he campaigned as a pro-choice crusader? Biden — who rarely mentioned the topic at campaign events and didn’t once during his convention speech — clearly didn’t think so.
At the fall of deer changed this calculation? I don’t see how. In many circumstances, including a national election, a Democrat who takes an extreme view on abortion will not be able to lead a coalition that includes many center-right voters. And when commentators supposedly dedicated to defeating Trump abuse anti-abortion advocates as intentionally cruel enemies of women, they help keep Trump and Trumpism clear and pose dangers to the republic. .