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Republicans have good reason to be optimistic about the next ten years.
While the chaotic presidential race has been its own beast, Republicans had what should have been an impossibly good night in November 2020, according to corporate media pollsters. Senate Republicans knocked out a wave of overpaid and overhyped challengers, state legislative chambers and a governorship were taken, and the Democratic House Majority was cut to the bone by a wave of red upsets.
This upset, just like the surprise of 2016, is not a fluke. Through poor strategy, radical politics, and an extraordinary amount of hubris, Democrats have set up a series of problems for themselves that will not be resolved be 2022 and have the potential to cripple the left-wing enterprise for the next ten years. Here are five of the biggest.
1. The Senate Isn’t Getting Any Better for Democrats
If Democrats can’t take the Senate this year, they aren’t going to any time soon.
As the upper chamber is designed to give smaller states a say in governance, until now both parties have listened to rural interests in their platforms. Today’s Democrats, on the other hand, are virtually unprecedented in their failure to appeal to voters in sparsely populated regions.
With their platform tailored by and for coastal (and urban) voters, the Democrats have allowed Republicans to take an immense structural advantage in the Senate. As long as Democrats are the tent with Defund the Police, pro-abortion policy, and higher taxes inside, there’s little reason to believe this situation is due for a fundamental change.
This year in the Senate is a perfect case study in the Democratic National Committee’s problem. Republicans held a thin majority and were required to defend 23 seats from attack, compared to just 12 for the Democrats. Add a partisan corporate media, anti-conservative tech censorship, and 2-1 PAC and Super PAC donations for Democrats, and 2020 marked their best opportunity for a Senate flip in a decade at least. And it’s looking like it still didn’t happen.
Both 2022 and 2024 cycles will see an environment mathematically more favorable to Republicans than this year. Six more years of Republicans refusing to wholeheartedly destroy the nation by going along with their plans for increased nationalization of industries would be devastating to the Democratic agenda and enthusiasm. And the situation is entirely their own fault.
This forms a natural connection to the Democrats’ next biggest problem.
2. The Party Is Pulling Apart at the Seams
The Party of Unity is anything but, and it’s going to hurt Democrats until the issue is resolved.