There is little disputing at this point that the centre-of-gravity Republican Party of 2022 has drifted into far-right territory.
Even after a failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election culminated in a violent insurrection on Capitol Hill, many backers of former president Trump remain among the GOP’s most visible figures.
The material consequences of a Trump presidency are still rippling through the nation even after his departure from office – most notably this year with the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling.
Had it not been for the Trump’s appointment of three conservative justices to the nine-member court, such a regressive move would have been unlikely.
The instincts of many progressives to shun establishment Democrats who safeguard the status quo is understandable when successive liberal administrations have failed to enact adequate change to meet the needs of our times – be that from healthcare to racial justice.
But the resurgent far-right on both sides of the Atlantic demands a coherent electoral opposition to prevent egregious populists like Trump from wreaking further damage to the fabric of democracy.
With the mid-terms coming this week, it’s vital the Democrats are in a strong position for a challenge to Trump in the likely event he runs in 2024.
The House of Representatives is likely to flip to the Republicans, but that doesn’t mean liberals and leftists should treat it as a foregone conclusion.
Vital races for the Senate are also going to be crucial, and victories for John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, Raphael Warnock in Georgia and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada – all of which seem too close to call – would give the Democrats a much needed boost.
Holding the Senate will be key if the Biden administration wishes to govern in an effective manner in the two years up till the next presidential race.
Biden is not a leftist’s ideal president. But the left must ally with liberals when facing down the emergency of a far-right resurgence.
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