It had quite a good run, from 1980 to now, pulling the political center-of-gravity to the right and obliging even the Dems to follow and catch up. But what’s left of it now? You guys let yourselves get too close to the Tea Party and the alt-right – that stain won’t come out for another generation. The social/religious right was Always Wrong About Everything that distinguished it from anything else, and has no future in a society where the Millennials are less religious, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic than any elder generation – and the GenZ or Zoomers show no sign, as yet, of reversing that trend. If there really is a Culture War, as the right has been insisting since then 1990s, then that is a war the RW is doomed to lose, and has all but lost already; the present admin is its last gasp, its Ghost Dance. As for supply-side or neoliberal economics, in all the times and ways it has been tried over the past 40 years, it has never accomplished anything but its true intended purpose, which is to make the rich richer and nothing else. Socialism – hell, even Communism – is beginning to look credible by comparison once again.
At the same time, we are now seeing the beginnings of something America has not had for decades – a serious mass-based left-progressive movement. Bernie Sanders is the left’s Barry Goldwater, the candidate who in losing at least transformed his cause into something to be taken seriously. Paving the way for . . . well, the left’s Ronald Reagan remains TBD (Biden it ain’t, nor Harris, in all likelihood). Almost certainly it will be someone much younger – and, sorry, Bernie, let’s face it, this country is not ready to elect a president who sounds more like a New York Jew than Woody Allen does.