Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A year of surprises and even victories

I think the big theme of 2016 has been the abandonment of compromises on a growing part of the cultural right-wing in the US.

It used to be that there was a kind of deal in place: the right-wing was pandered to in word but not deed, and the moderates ruled the show. Every now and then a ritual sacrifice was necessary, and some right winger was declared to have gone too far, and then they were fired, denounced, and everyone got the message that the limits of decency had gotten a bit more strict on the right.

Wash, rinse, repeat. Pander, inaction, sacrifice, adjust. Of course, this relied on a very compliant and meek right. Now? It's the meekness that has receded, temporarily or not. And with the Brexit success and Trump's nomination, that rejection of meekness has chalked up not just one, but two cultural victories.

That's a hell of a thing. And I think the moderates are confused, because while the right has its own new actors, they're still stuck with nothing else but an old, outdated script. No one ever told them what to do when someone grabbed their whip-hand by the wrist.

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