Hence, the combination of minority rights, women’s rights, war, and inflation were on the minds of a wide range of voters in this year’s midterm election here in the United States. Which means to a certain extent, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) undermined the Republican Party’s expected “Tsunami” or “Wave” with their pseudoscientific and ill-advised decision on abortion rights, even though the Republicans were still able to demonstrate a resurgence as a result of economic issues, given that it appears as though the Republicans will take the House and possibly the Senate.
As I predicted a while back, the ‘balance of power’ in the American system is with the Republicans at the moment, and this reality demonstrates itself through midterm results to a certain extent, even though the Republican-held balance of power has been watered down a little bit because of the social issues which were brought to the forefront as a result of SCOTUS. This means that in 2024, the Democrats will have to “fight power with power” per se in order to assume and take some ground on the economic front, given that on the economic front, it appears as though the Republicans are the ones who appear more convincing to voters. Hence, the Republicans control the economic narrative, while the Democrats are the strongest on social issues as things stand at the moment.
In turn, 2024 will decide whether economic issues or social issues are most important for the majority of Americans. But if the Democrats are wise, they will assume and take some ground on both the economic and social issues instead of giving up the economy wholesale to the Republicans. Moreover, giving up the economy wholesale to the Republicans would hurt regular people from both an economic and social standpoint over the long run, and it would amount to an abdication of moral and social responsibility on the part of the Democrats. This means that the Democrats must consider running someone other than Biden in 2024, and the ones with the most credibility and legitimacy on both the economic and social issues and the ones with the most seniority are perhaps Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
How important the “Culture Wars” such as “Cancel Culture” and “Woke” culture and so forth actually will be down the road will be made more evident if Donald Trump decides to run in 2024. Ron DeSantis made this issue a highlight of his victory speech the other day, which means that aside from the core issues such as minority rights, women’s rights, war, and inflation which are at the top of everyone’s minds at the moment, in the back of many people’s minds are also these ‘culture wars’ as manifested by “Cancel Culture” and “Woke” culture and so forth. Donald Trump will most likely seize the leadership of the Republicans in 2024, and Ron DeSantis will have to wait for his turn down the road as a result of the general rule of ‘seniority’ and so forth which is part of American political norms. Hence, the Democrats should perhaps expect a vicious fight with the Republicans in 2024, given that both the balance of power is with the Republicans at the moment, and the fact that Republicans will most likely be preparing on both the economic and cultural front, which the Democrats should be doing as well.